All Blog Posts Tagged 'swim' (48)

The Power of Grandparents

I had the pleasure over the holiday season of having a generational “Oreo” moment. I got that sweet creamy feeling inside seeing the generation above me and below me spending time together. Yeah, I probably did have a few Oreos too. Don’t tell my doc! There are few feelings as precious as seeing people who love our kids even more than you do. Grandparents are a wonderful thing!

As we start the year, my mind keeps coming back to the question, “How do we grow our…

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Added by Tom Lachocki on January 10, 2014 at 12:11pm — No Comments

Science shows swimmers have lower mortality risk than runners and walkers

It is universally accepted that physical activity is good for your health and reduces mortality rates.  Studies that compare mortality rates between swimmers and other common physical activities are rare. The most compelling findings are those of Chase, Sui, & Blair (IJARE, 2008, 2(3), 213-223) that compared 40,517 men 20-90 years of age who completed health examinations from 1971-2003 as part of the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study administered by the Cooper Institute. After adjusting…

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Added by Tom Lachocki on July 18, 2013 at 4:14pm — No Comments

A Culture of Giving Begins for Step Into Swim Campaign. Will you step forward too?

Industry leaders stepped up with donations exceeding $41,000.

In just a few months since the Step Into Swim Campaign was launched, a group of visionary pool, spa, and aquatic leaders have stepped forward to donate more than $41,000, reports Thomas M. Lachocki, Ph.D., CEO of …

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Added by Laurie Batter on August 29, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Swimming Instructions' Missing Skill Set

In 1910 or 1912 when Wilbert Longfellow started teaching swimming and began training people to be swimming instructors, he said, "In order to learn to swim, you must overcome your fear."

This truth was lost in the past 100 years. What happens when a truth is lost?

Many people suffer. In this particular case, many people have drowned.

Two people, Paul Lennon and I, realized in the 1980's that the lessons we were trained to teach didn't work for half our…

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Added by Melon Dash on July 31, 2012 at 11:57am — No Comments

Golden Opportunities

In less than a month, the world will turn its attention to London for the summer Olympic Games. The aquatics venue (designed by the reknowned team at Zaha Hadid Architects) is stunning, and of course, the competition means new interest in aquatics. Swimming and diving are among the most popular events.

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Added by AIsrEditor on June 20, 2012 at 12:11pm — No Comments

No Surprise: Panic Is Suggested As Cause of Triathlon Deaths

How do you teach people to prevent panic? Is it important to you? Do you know how many drownings are caused by panic each year?

 

In the Washington Post the other day, a headline said, Deaths in triathlons may not be so mysterious: panic attacks may be…

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Added by Melon Dash on November 16, 2011 at 3:52pm — No Comments

Annual Burst of Swimming Lessons Interest: September

Every year in the end of August and September, all those adults who missed another summer of swimming rue the fact that they still haven't done anything about it. They deluge our inbox with orders for books and DVDs. And classes. We're full for the rest of the fall.

 

Though they can see from our website where our licensed instructors are, some not covered by our list desperately ask anyway: do you have any instructors in my town? In my state? —"No, sorry! We need email…

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Added by Melon Dash on September 19, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

There Is An Answer to Drownings: Panic-Prevention

Note: this post was edited 3/2012 to place a missing video (the first one below).

If you want to teach your child to tie her shoes, do you say, "Tie your shoes!"

No. She'd be lost. Where to start, she'd be thinking.

 

If you want to teach people to prevent panic, do you say, "Don't panic!"?

No, but people do. It doesn't work. It's been tried. And how many people have drowned since then?

 

If you want to prevent most of Laurie Batter's…

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Added by Melon Dash on September 11, 2011 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Your Swim Instructors can "make or break" your LTS Program

How can your swim instructors take your lessons program to another level?  This email exchange demonstrates how Swim Lessons University training can help your Learn to Swim program experience the same success, not only in the pool, but on making an impression on your customers–the parents.   Your Swim Teachers are the lifeblood of your program.   Make sure they are representing you well.

 

Dear  Coach Reiser:

I want you to know how much we have enjoyed having Ms.…

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Added by Jim Reiser on August 12, 2011 at 10:14am — No Comments

Floods Devastate Aussie Swim School

Very sad to see the destruction these floods have wrought.  Just got this message from Laurie Batter relaying the devastation at one swim school in the words of the school's owner, Alan Lewis:













How heartbreaking is this?



This has been my most important project in the last half year.

This school belongs to the CEO of Swim Australia.

I was his consult…





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Added by Gary Thill on January 14, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Learn To Swim Radio

Thursday by Thursday, the Learn To Swim Ship is  s l o w l y being turned. S l o w l y, but it's turning. It's being turned by the listeners of The Learn To Swim Show at WorldTalkRadio.com.

 

These listeners, whether swimming students or instructors, are witnessing the laying of new track in the Learn To Swim Universe.…

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Added by Melon Dash on January 4, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

URL for the Learn To Swim Show

The Learn To Swim Show is here.
It's Thursdays at 1 p.m. Eastern time, Beginning October 28, 2010.

Added by Melon Dash on October 26, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

How Could a Learn-to-Swim Radio Program Be Effective?



On October 28, 2010, Miracle Swimming Institute will begin hosting a radio pilot program, "The Learn To Swim Show." It will be available to listeners around the world, Thursdays at 1 p.m. Florida time and 10 a.m. California time on the internet at WorldTalkRadio.com.



If you put a beginning swim class of adults into a pool, they’re usually apprehensive. The first thing you want to ask them is, “What…

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Added by Melon Dash on October 20, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments

The Learn To Swim Show Launches October 28

What if everyone in the world who couldn't swim listened to internet World Talk Radio on October 28, 2010 and heard that they're not weird for not being able to swim? That they aren't failures? That it's not their fault that they've tried lessons over and over and haven't become swimmers? Do you think those people might feel a little better about not being able to swim?



Do you think if I presented them with an outline of what happened to swimming instruction in the beginning and if… Continue

Added by Melon Dash on October 3, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Swim Lesson Rules: Safety, Discipline, Boundaries, & Consequences

Children feel safer when they know what the rules are, especially in new or exciting situations. If a child is scared, they will have a hard time having fun. So when you kindly, but firmly give children

rules or boundaries and let them know it’s to keep them safe, you start

building trust.



Discipline is the gift of responsible love. Discipline and rules and punishment are related, but they are not the same. Discipline is the continual…

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Added by Jim Reiser on August 23, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

What To Do RE: Six Teenagers Drown in Louisiana River

Last night or over the weekend, a teenager stepped off a ledge into deep water at the Red River in Shreveport, LA. In the next few minutes, 6 of his friends tried to save him. All drowned but one. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38533071/ns/us_news-life .



The article leaves an unknowing reader thinking that deep water is dangerous; that a sinkhole full of water is dangerous. I beg to differ. The distinction to be made means… Continue

Added by Melon Dash on August 3, 2010 at 10:10am — 10 Comments

Do You have the Thunderstorm Blues? Swim Lessons, Swim Safety, & Customer Service

One of the most frustrating things for parents, swim teachers, and

swim school owners to deal during Summer Swim Lessons is

thunderstorms. Parents get mad when we cancel, parents get mad when we

don’t. As a parent, I am certainly sympathetic. I know how hard it is

to get my three children in the car, go to the pool, and then have

to disappoint them that they can’t swim.



I often encourage parents to take lessons with us in the fall,…

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Added by Jim Reiser on July 26, 2010 at 4:18pm — No Comments

Can Social Networking Help You or Your Organization? Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, etc.

So can YOU or YOUR business benefit from Social Networking? Are you resisting the idea of Facebook, Twitter, blogging, etc.? Technology changes are always hard for me and I was resistant at first too. In

fact, I have been only using twitter for a few weeks but I have been

trained in it now and I am confident of the benefits.

The best news about it is that . . . it’s FREE! MOST IMPORTANTLY, in my mind, it’s the BEST REFERRAL PROGRAM ever invented. I…

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Added by Jim Reiser on July 23, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

What can Swim Teachers & Parents Learn from the late, legendary coach John Wooden?



There is so much we can learn from the late, legendary UCLA Basketball Coach

John Wooden. As a teacher, coach, and parent, I try to apply Coach

Wooden’s life lessons every day. I liked the 7 Point Creed so much I

had it printed on my competitive swimmer’s t-shirts some years ago.

Since his passing, I have pulled it out of the closet and I have been

wearing it frequently.



I loved his books, especially “They Call Me Coach” and…

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Added by Jim Reiser on June 21, 2010 at 3:23pm — 2 Comments

What more can a good two-year old swimmer learn in a Parent & Me class?



Dear Teachers & Parents:

I received an email today with a VERY COMMON QUESTION from a parent who has a young two year old in our Parent & Me class who is doing wonderfully. However, and I think this happens often, there was a

misunderstanding that because of the progress the little one was

making, that continuing in the same class may be a waste of time. As

instructors and swim school owners, it is vital that we communicate…

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Added by Jim Reiser on June 9, 2010 at 11:12am — No Comments

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