The Swim Professor

Jim Reiser, M.S.

Back Floating Trick for Infants & Toddlers

The last thing you will ever see me or a certified Swim Lessons University Instructor do is force a child to be on their back.  We feel that it is absolutely vital that a child-centered, progressive approach is taken in swimming lessons.

Generally speaking, for back floating or back kicking, we use songs, natural progression and encourage parents to take their time.  If the child is unhappy, sit them up. Then try again. But we want our Parent & Tot swim lessons full of HAPPY LEARNERS!  Most importantly, we want infants, toddlers and young children to WANT to come to the pool–not fear it.

While using this approach, Swim Lessons University instruction shares all kinds of games and tricks that make trying new things fun.   Today was a perfect example.  In the video below, you will get to watch my 2-year old student, Abby, be the star of a new trick that I created  today.  I’m calling it–“NOW I SEE YOU, NOW I DON’T!”

As you watch the video below, you can see how I then incorporated progression into the little game by asking Abby to do one more second on each attempt once she was successful.  It was almost magical the way she took to it!  I was so happy that I had my waterproof camera right there to catch it on film and share it with you today.   I wish you all the success with it too!

The International Swimming Hall of Fame has named Jim Reiser the recipient of the 2015 Virginia Hunt Newman Award for his curriculum and approach in teaching infants, toddlers, and children to swim. Jim was the first American to win the award in 10 years.

If you would like to learn more about the Swim Lessons University certification program and curriculum, make sure to visit us at www.SwimLessonsUniversity.com  

We have training and certification programs designed for both private instructors as well as organizations like YMCAs, Recreation Departments, Athletic Clubs, and more.

Swim Lessons University is currently being utilized by recreation departments, YMCAs, America Camp Association swim lessons programs, as well as by private swimming instructors in 45 states and over 30 countries!

You can also call us toll free at 1-866-498-SWIM (7946).

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October 20, 2017 at 2:28 am Comments (0)

4 Tips To Help You Overcome The Fear Of Deep Water

fear of waterNobody knows exactly how many people live with the fear of swimming or falling into deep water. Although millions of people can swim at a decent level, there are still people who are terribly afraid of water to the point that they might refuse to learn to swim. Adults are especially subjects to fear of deep water as their brain has a total awareness of dangers, which is a skill that children don't have during their first years of life.

How To Choose A Good Swimming Pool

However, learning to swim as an adult isn't impossible. In fact, if done correctly, to can still be a lot of fun, but you will need to be consistent in trying to overcome your fear of water. It's fundamental that you can trust the instructor who will teach you to swim as well as it's important that you like the swimming pool and people who work there.

Research local swimming pools and compare prices and membership options. Consider that you might need to take the car to reach the swimming pool unless you are so lucky to find one just around the corner from your home!

If you have to drive by car, make sure that the swimming pool company offers private car parking for its members. In case it doesn't have a parking lot where you can park your car, look for car parking services nearby. Your mobile phone does a great job even with last-minute research. It happens in particular when you have to look for immediate assistance with critical situations, for example, a car accident or car trouble or a lost car key. Your mobile phone is the strongest bridge between you and professional automotive locksmiths from locksmithslocator. If you're afraid that you may be charged extra fees on emergency assistance, breathe and relax because Locksmith Locator offers a cheaper service than most competitors in the locksmith industry.

Once you've found the most convenient swimming pool for you, compare the membership options to pick the best option. Also, it's okay to ask for a trial lesson so you will see if that swimming pool and swimming coach are both right for you. An extra tip for you is to look for reviews and opinions about the swimming pool on the web.  It will be easier for you to understand more about its quality and overall services.

What To Do To Say "Goodbye" To Your Fear Of Swimming

It won't be easier in the beginning and you will need a lot of patience and determination. You don't want to let any difficulties get you down, stay consistent with your goal and the first encouraging results will appear one after the other one.

As additional tips for you, we think that the following ones are perfect to give you an extra kick to forget your fear of deep water, so you can say "goodbye" to it once and forever:

  1. Trust your instructor
    If you are new in the environment of swimming pools, you may feel a little out of place in there. That's the first thing you have to deal with, so try to trust your instructor. He/she's there to help you, not to leave you alone in the water! Keep in mind that his/her goal is only to help you.

  2. Build self-confidencefirst contact with water
    Of course, you are scared and you don't feel like you are in the best place on earth. Such impressions are typical of people who are new to a swimming pool, so don't worry too much about these thoughts. Focus on gaining acquaintance with water by getting your feet wet. Move your feet in the water while sitting on the edge of the pool.

  3. Standing in the water
    That's a necessary step to take if you want to overcome a fear of swimming. With the help of your instructor, stand in the water and splash water on your face, just to develop more self-confidence and to get your body entirely familiar with the water. Try to associate positive thoughts or images with splashing water on your face.  It helps so much to overcome fears and negative images!

  4. Breathing
    Now, you are pretty brave and you can even hold your breath and go under the water. Try this exercise multiple times and when you feel completely relaxed and confident, breathe out into the water blowing bubbles. It's a lot of fun and it helps you control your breath and your emotions while being underwater.

The bottom line is that you don't have to feel rushed to make progress. All you have to do is to follow your instructor's tips and to put all of your efforts into each exercise, this way you'll make progress in no time!

 

May 3, 2017 at 7:34 am Comments (0)

How to Stop Drowning

Did you know that 70% of all childhood drowning occurs when the child was in the care of one or both parents?   Or that 75% of the time the child was missing for 5 minutes or less?  Watch this live news segment for some Tips on How to Stop Drowning:

The International Swimming Hall of Fame has named Jim Reiser the recipient of the 2015 Virginia Hunt Newman Award for his curriculum and approach in teaching infants, toddlers, and children to swim.  Jim was the first American to win the award in 10 years.

If you would like to learn more about the Swim Lessons University certification program and curriculum, make sure to visit us at www.SwimLessonsUniversity.com 

We have training and certification programs designed for both private instructors as well as organizations like YMCAs, Recreation Departments, Athletic Clubs, and more.

Swim Lessons University is currently being utilized by recreation departments, YMCAs, America Camp Association swim lessons programs, as well as by private swimming instructors in 45 states and over 30 countries!

You can also call us toll free at 1-866-498-SWIM (7946).

 

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April 10, 2017 at 3:13 pm Comments (0)

Does your child REALLY swim like a fish?

How often have you heard a parent say, “oh my child can swim like a fish!”  When in fact, they may only have some basic skills, or a lacking skill set.  Combine the lack of understanding of what real swimming really is and the weak skill set, you have a serious problem.  One that could quite possibly get them into trouble due both the child and parent being overconfident of their swimming abilities.

A study by the American Red Cross backs my above statement up.  In that study, 80% of those interviewed said they could swim, but when tested, ONLY 56% were accurate.

Here is an interview I did with a Columbia NBC news broadcast.   I hope you enjoy the rest of the interview (BTW, the pool isn’t really green, LOL!  That is just our camera recording the clip off the TV).

The International Swimming Hall of Fame has named Jim Reiser the recipient of the 2015 Virginia Hunt Newman Award for his curriculum and approach in teaching infants, toddlers, and children to swim.  Jim was the first American to win the award in 10 years.

If you would like to learn more about the Swim Lessons University certification program and curriculum, make sure to visit us at www.SwimLessonsUniversity.com 

We have training and certification programs designed for both private instructors as well as organizations like YMCAs, Recreation Departments, Athletic Clubs, and more.

Swim Lessons University is currently being utilized by recreation departments, YMCAs, America Camp Association swim lessons programs, as well as by private swimming instructors in 45 states and over 30 countries!

You can also call us toll free at 1-866-498-SWIM (7946).

 

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April 3, 2017 at 2:13 pm Comments (0)

Swim Instructor Feedback Mistakes

Far too often, I have found myself making the mistake of giving specific, corrective feedback first, and then using the student’s name.  The problem with this is that if you’re working with more than one student–your students really don’t know who the feedback was intended for, not to mention that your student may have not been truly listening to what you said.  By the time you say their name, well, quite frankly it may be too late.  On the other hand, if you call their name first, then give the correction–your student would immediately pay closer attention to your corrective feedback or tips.

For our complete certification course on the Foundations of Teaching and MUCH MORE specifically on Feedback Techniques, check out our “Foundations of Teaching” course on the Swim Lessons University website.

The International Swimming Hall of Fame has named Jim Reiser the recipient of the 2015 Virginia Hunt Newman Award for his curriculum and approach in teaching infants, toddlers, and children to swim.  Jim was the first American to win the award in 10 years.

If you would like to learn more about the Swim Lessons University certification program and curriculum, make sure to visit us at www.SwimLessonsUniversity.com 

We have training and certification programs designed for both private instructors as well as organizations like YMCAs, Recreation Departments, Athletic Clubs, and more.

Swim Lessons University is currently being utilized by recreation departments, YMCAs, America Camp Association swim lessons programs, as well as by private swimming instructors in 45 states and over 30 countries!

You can also call us toll free at 1-866-498-SWIM (7946).

 

March 27, 2017 at 12:43 am Comments (0)

How to Teach the Sidestroke Arms

When we first introduce the sidestroke arm pull, I still like to use this old analogy:  “Pick an apple off the tree, put it in the other hand, drop it in the basket.”  Once the student gets the general idea, you want them to be more efficient with the stroke or to refine the stroke.   To refine the sidestroke arms, we like these cues:  “Pull and Slide, Push & Glide” as seen in this video below:.

 

For our complete certification course on teaching Sidestroke, Elementary Backstroke and Treading, check out our Lifesaving Strokes 400 level Video Course on the Swim Lessons University website.

The International Swimming Hall of Fame has named Jim Reiser the recipient of the 2015 Virginia Hunt Newman Award for his curriculum and approach in teaching infants, toddlers, and children to swim.  Jim was the first American to win the award in 10 years.

If you would like to learn more about the Swim Lessons University certification program and curriculum, make sure to visit us at www.SwimLessonsUniversity.com 

We have training and certification programs designed for both private instructors as well as organizations like YMCAs, Recreation Departments, Athletic Clubs, and more.

Swim Lessons University is currently being utilized by recreation departments, YMCAs, America Camp Association swim lessons programs, as well as by private swimming instructors in 45 states and over 30 countries!

You can also call us toll free at 1-866-498-SWIM (7946).

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March 20, 2017 at 2:32 am Comments (0)

Drowning Prevention Tips: How Parents Can Keep Their Children Safer In and Around the Water

WLTX News Anchor Darci Strickland interviews Swim Lessons University’s Jim Reiser.   Reiser shares Water Safety Tips for parents with children of all ages, highlighting strategies by the “Safer 3” as well as by Aquatic Safety Group.

The International Swimming Hall of Fame has named Jim Reiser the recipient of the 2015 Virginia Hunt Newman Award for his curriculum and approach in teaching infants, toddlers, and children to swim.  Jim was the first American to win the award in 10 years.

If you would like to learn more about the Swim Lessons University certification program and curriculum, make sure to visit us at www.SwimLessonsUniversity.com 

We have training and certification programs designed for both private instructors as well as organizations like YMCAs, Recreation Departments, Athletic Clubs, and more.

Swim Lessons University is currently being utilized by recreation departments, YMCAs, America Camp Association swim lessons programs, as well as by private swimming instructors in 45 states and over 30 countries!

You can also call us toll free at 1-866-498-SWIM (7946).

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March 12, 2017 at 5:19 pm Comments (0)

How To Teach the Butterfly Breath Timing

Your student has the butterfly kick. Your student understands the recovery action of the butterfly arms. Your student’s body action and undulation is even looking good! So what is often holding your student’s butterfly skill mastery back? THE BREATH TIMING!

One of the most frustrating parts of teaching butterfly is getting our students to put it all the parts together and perform the butterfly the way it really should look. The majority of the time it is improper breath timing that is the culprit. The head position throughout the stroke is paramount, whether it’s during the entry, the pull, or the recovery of the arms.

In this short video clip, I’d like to share with you a drill that I like to use and have found it to be very helpful to my students when it comes to understanding the timing of the breath. Because the butterfly is complex skill, it still requires a lot of trial and error. In other words, it’s not a magical drill. However, at the very least, this drill will help your students understand what they are striving for each and every time you review it before your students attempt to practice it.

Would you be interested in a complete, detailed course on HOW TO TEACH THE BUTTERFLY?  Check out Swim Lessons University’s Butterfly video course.

 

The International Swimming Hall of Fame has named Jim Reiser the recipient of the 2015 Virginia Hunt Newman Award for his curriculum and approach in teaching infants, toddlers, and children to swim.  Jim was the first American to win the award in 10 years.

If you would like to learn more about the Swim Lessons University certification program and curriculum, make sure to visit us at www.SwimLessonsUniversity.com 

We have training and certification programs designed for both private instructors as well as organizations like YMCAs, Recreation Departments, Athletic Clubs, and more.

Swim Lessons University is currently being utilized by recreation departments, YMCAs, America Camp Association swim lessons programs, as well as by private swimming instructors in 45 states and over 30 countries!

You can also call us toll free at 1-866-498-SWIM (7946).

 

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March 12, 2017 at 4:37 pm Comments (0)

Swim Lessons University’s Jim Reiser to Speak in Charlotte, NC on March 9th!

The 2017 Best Practices in Aquatics Workshop will feature Jim Reiser, world-renowned speaker, author and executive director of Swim Lessons University.  The conference will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina on March 8th and 9th with an optional post conference CPO course beginning on March 9th in the afternoon and ending on the evening of March 10th.

Mr. Reiser’s presentation—YOU CAN TEACH LIKE A PRO—will be from 9:30 AM-10:15 AM on Thursday, March 9th.  The conference will be held at the Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Ave., Charlotte, NC.  The post conference CPO course on March 9-10 will be held at a different location (see below).

  • The cost of the conference is just $60.00 and the deadline is February 24th!
  • You can also attend for just $35.00 if you would like to participate on just one day!
  • What an amazing deal!  Click here to register!

The 2017 Best Practices in Aquatics Workshop is hosted by the North Carolina State Recreation Resources Service—though the event will be held in Charlotte this year.

The Schedule:

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8TH

8:30 – 9:00 AM – Registration/Coffee

9:00 – 10:00 AM – Welcome & Session One:  Advocating for Aquatics with Decision Makers

10:00 – 11:45 AM –  How Can I Do My Job Better – Panel Discussion with Terri Stroupe, Dalace Inman, Laura Crumpler, & Michael Johnson

11:45 – 12:45 PM – Lunch

12:45 – 1:45 PM – Creative Ways to Provide Swimming Lessons

1:45 – 2:45 PM – Providing Equal Access to Aquatic Facility Locker Rooms

2:45 – 3:00 PM – Break

3:00 – 5:30 PM – Swimming Outside the Box – A Mecklenburg County Aquatics Tour

6:30 PM – Social

THURSDAY, MARCH 9TH

8:00  – 8:30 AM  –  Coffee/Danishes

8:30 – 9:30 AM – Getting Baby Boomers in Pools, Bill Brennen, Chief Operating Officer – U.S. Master’s Swimming

9:30 – 10:15 AM  – You Can Teach Like a Pro!  Secrets to More Effective Teaching 

                          Jim Reiser, Executive Director – Swim Lessons University

10:15 – 10:30 AM – Break

10:30 – 12:00 PM – Best Practices in Aquatic & Pool Operations

12:00 – 1:00 PM –  Lunch

CERTIFIED POOL OPERATOR COURSE  – REGISTRATION

1:00 – 1:30 PM – Registration (Optional – $200)

1:30 PM – 5:00 PM – CPO Class begins

FRIDAY, MARCH 10TH

8:00 AM  – 12:00 PM – CPO Class resumes

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

1:00 PM -5:00 PM – CPO Certification Exam

PLEASE REMEMBER: The 2017 BEST IN AQUTICS WORKSHOP will be held at Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Ave., Charlotte, NC.

The CPO Course will be held at the Mecklenberg County Aquatic Center, 800 Martin Luther King Blvd. in Charlotte.

If  you are going to stay the night, the Conference Hotel is the Best Western Plus Sterling Hotel & Suites, 242 East Woodlawn Road, Charlotte, NC

The International Swimming Hall of Fame has named Jim Reiser the recipient of the 2015 Virginia Hunt Newman Award for his curriculum and approach in teaching infants, toddlers, and children to swim.  Jim was the first American to win the award in 10 years.

If you would like to learn more about the Swim Lessons University certification program and curriculum, make sure to visit us at www.SwimLessonsUniversity.com 

We have training and certification programs designed for both private instructors as well as organizations like YMCAs, Recreation Departments, Athletic Clubs, and more.

Swim Lessons University is currently being utilized by recreation departments, YMCAs, America Camp Association swim lessons programs, as well as by private swimming instructors in 45 states and over 30 countries!

You can also call us toll free at 1-866-498-SWIM (7946).

February 17, 2017 at 3:32 am Comments (0)

How Swimming Instructors Should Interact with Their Students

How should swimming instructors interact with their students?  One of the most difficult aspects of teaching, especially for a new teacher, is to find the best way to interact with students.   Some young teachers err in the direction of trying to make students “like” them. The role of the teacher is not that of a “friend.” Teachers should act in a student’s best interest from the perspective of an adult. At the other extreme, some beginning teachers are so concerned with losing control of their class, they are often reluctant to communicate their humanness to students. Students want a relationship with an adult that is supportive and guiding. They want to know that the teacher cares about them and about what they do.

Teaching is largely about affect: Adults who are caring and concerned professionals who have a responsibility to (1) help students learn and (2) promote students’ personal growth.

Through the manner in which they interact with students, teachers can communicate a professional and supportive relationship with their students that says. “I care.” At Swim Lessons University, I always train instructors to follow our proven lessons plans, use our lingo, use the step-by-step progressions, etc. But while doing that, I remind them that even while there is a specific way we want you to do things, that DOES NOT CHANGE your personality. I can’t teach personality. Each of you are unique individuals and you’ll find your own way of sharing yourself with our young swimmers to promote their own growth.

Here are some ideas that should be considered:

1. Learn your students’ names and use them.

No matter how many students you teach, an essential and minimal form of recognition for students is that you know their name. Using your class roster each class really helps. But please make learning names a priority.

2. Be enthusiastic and positive about what you are doing.

Enthusiasm is contagious. Many people assume that enthusiasm is a personality trait of very outgoing or “bubbly” people.   But enthusiasm doesn’t necessarily always have to be such high-energy behavior. Students will know by the tone of your voice and the manner in which you approach a class how enthusiastic you are about what you are doing.

3. Project a caring attitude toward all students.

Caring is projected primarily through a genuine interest and recognition of each of your students. Caring is projected by an instructor through a sensitivity to the feelings of students and the significance your students place on their interactions with you. Caring swim instructors tune in to the child. Caring swim instructors do not condone misbehavior, but in dealing with misbehavior they do not undermine the integrity of the individual child as a person.

4. Reinforce basic values.  

I’m talking about honesty, tolerance, respect, and effort by modeling these behaviors, as well as reinforcing them in your swimming classes. According to Good and Brophy, 1990, when you teach a responsibility for developing prosocial behaviors, you can create personal growth. Prosocial behaviors are simply the behaviors stated above and ones that demonstrate a responsibility for helping people without being prompted by external rewards.

5. Discipline.

Do not reinforce behavior destructive to self or others by doing nothing about it. Students learn acceptable ways of interacting with each other not only by what you do, but also by what you don’t do. Values, tolerance, and respect for others are learned. Swim Instructors must find ways of communicating what is acceptable and what is not acceptable.

 6. Treat all of your students fairly.

Make it a practice to intentionally treat your students impartially. It is easy for teachers to gravitate to the more skilled students or even to the students who the teacher believes will threaten their class control. Attention to all students can be facilitated if you make a conscious effort to consider each student, and make it a point to give attention to students you may have been unintentionally slighting.

 7. Learn to be a good listener and observer of student responses.

We can easily become more attuned to our students by listening to and observing the subtle meanings of their messages communicated by the manner in which they interact with you, each other, and learning skills. This is one that I have really had to work on, and I am still not as skilled as my wife, Coach Heather. I am always stunned when she observes my classes and later points something out that I never saw. So we all have things we need to improve and while we may never be perfect at everything. Personally, I think there’s a lot of fun in the challenge to improve on something which is a weakness.

The International Swimming Hall of Fame has named Jim Reiser the recipient of the 2015 Virginia Hunt Newman Award for his curriculum and approach in teaching infants, toddlers, and children to swim.  Jim was the first American to win the award in 10 years.

If you would like to learn more about the Swim Lessons University certification program and curriculum, make sure to visit us at www.SwimLessonsUniversity.com 

We have training and certification programs designed for both private instructors as well as organizations like YMCAs, Recreation Departments, Athletic Clubs, and more.

Swim Lessons University is currently being utilized by recreation departments, YMCAs, America Camp Association swim lessons programs, as well as by private swimming instructors in 45 states and over 30 countries!

You can also call us toll free at 1-866-498-SWIM (7946).

February 16, 2017 at 3:04 am Comments (0)

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