Here is a YouTube video that you can share with your friends and families who have children under the age of three. It is so important that parents understand that even though kiddie pools and water park pools are shallow, that these shallow pools don't come without risks.
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.…Continue
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Today’s blog is a response to a post on my against the use of Life jackets and Flotation devices. Here are my thoughts:
First off, Life Jackets save lives. An absolute MUST for non-swimmers in residential pools and lakes, especially if they are not within arm’s reach of an adult. I think most would agree that a child’s life itself is more precious than any philosophy or an unjustified concern about a child becoming dependent on the device. I…
I was dumbfounded this morning as I watched two former competitive swimmers, now swim instructors, do freestyle demonstrations with their eyes closed! These were great age group swimmers. In fact, one of them was even a state champion!
Ironically, later this afternoon I received a call from the assistant superintendent of the school district, where we teach…
There are multiple factors that affect the bottom line, but none are more important than…Continue
Added by Jim Reiser on December 29, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments
When it comes to determining what type of swim lessons you can offer, or what type of swim lesson class a parent should enroll their child in, there are several considerations, including, but not limited to the skill level of the swimmers. In today’s blog on group swim lessons for kids, my recommendations are based on the assumption that we are talking about non-swimmers or true beginner swimmers. With that said, here are my recommendations based on the age of the beginner…Continue
Added by Jim Reiser on December 17, 2010 at 9:08pm — No Comments
Today’s blog is to announce a podcast I just recorded and published with one purpose: To reach as many parents as possible and potentially save the life of a child. The purpose of the podcast is not only to prevent unnecessary drowning, but to prevent and recognize how devastating nonfatal, near drowning can be as well.
I have dedicated this podcast to Samual Morris.…Continue
Should you start your baby (under the age of 2) in swimming lessons? Swim lessons for infants? Swim lessons for toddlers? In my opinion, that really just depends on two things:
1. It depends on whether or not the experience will be a positive one.
2. It depends on whether or not you have reasonable expectations.
If you can answer yes to those two questions,…
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Swim Instructors and coaches from every sport are always looking for that new piece of equipment that will help their students or athletes perform better. We all want to think of our programs as state-of-the-art, with the most up-to-date teaching methods, curriculum, etc., which includes our swim lesson tools. Personally, whether I’m
coaching or teaching, I look for ways to put a little variety in the lesson just to keep things interesting. Let’s admit it,…
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If you’re going to have a great swim school staff, as a swim school owner, you have to do a number of things well:
1. Have a proven approach to selecting and hiring (and yes, even firing).
2. Have a full-proof swim instructor-training program (one swim school owner who uses the Swim Lessons University curriculum called it “foolproof!” What a complement, LOL!)
3. Have ways of holding your…
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As we prepared to get nearly 100 second graders in the water yesterday, many of whom have NEVER been in the water before (believe it or not), I did something I wanted to share with you that you may enjoy. In fact, you may want to try it next time you have a large swim lessons group as it had every child engaged:
After dividing up the 100 swim lessons students into three time slots,…Continue
Do you incorporate the use of toys when you teach your swim lessons for kids? Swim Lesson Toys can certainly add a dynamic to your class that helps young children get extra excited about learning, and often even help redirect a child who may be scared or hesitant in the beginning. Nevertheless, when you teach swimming
lessons to children between three and five years old, I think it’s extremely important that the toys have a purpose. In other words, don’t…
Added by Jim Reiser on September 21, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments
As the late and legendary TV host Fred Roger’s from Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood wrote, “When you help a child enjoy music, you’re also helping a child develop learning skills, like listening, coordination, imagination, and memory.”
Swimming lessons too, are a great place to help a child enjoy music. I have always incorporated songs and music into my Parent & Me and Swim 101 classes, which you can get a free sneak preview of on my…
Added by Jim Reiser on September 16, 2010 at 10:30pm — No Comments
Because your instructions or buzzwords emphasized “small and fast,” your feedback should then be congruent…
Added by Jim Reiser on September 5, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments
George Bernard Shaw once said, “What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.”
Think about that . . . this word of advice may be one of the best swim lesson tips you could receive for teaching anyone. If your student is full of curiosity, excitement, and driven to learn and get better, the child will do wonderfully. The best…
Added by Jim Reiser on August 30, 2010 at 12:04am — No Comments
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
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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