The Swim Professor

Jim Reiser, M.S.

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Hiring Swim Instructors

When I hire swim instructors, I am looking to hire “classy” people.

Look for someone you believe is not just clean in appearance, but also clean minded. Classy people know when to talk. Most people talk without thinking. Classy people don’t. Even little things like good manners say a lot about a person. I admire people who always show consideration to others even when they don’t show it back. Classy people don’t use foul or derogatory language. Did you know swearing was something Coach John Wooden and Coach Tony Dungy never did around their players?

Positive behavior always gets someone further with me. When researching this subject, I read “classy people never cry broke!” I recently mentioned to someone that my enrollment was down and blamed the “off-season” and the economy. Now I am thinking that wasn’t very classy of me. We need to keep our chins up always make others think you have money, students, etc. without deceiving them (never lie, just avoid or redirect).

Look for people with integrity. Look for people with positive outlooks. Look for people who are winners in life. With the Swim Lessons University Swimming Instructor Training Program, you can take any person with these characteristics and a little class and turn them into a brilliant swimming instructor and asset to your swim school! An applicant can have all the experience and technical knowledge in the world, but if they are not a “class” act—keep looking!

October 30, 2010 at 9:34 am
  • October 30, 2010 at 2:24 pmTina

    Showing consideration goes a long way — and increases your popularity as a swim instructor! Make the effort to go out of your way asking your clients questions they probably haven’t received anywhere else (i.e did you find the pool okay? do you have every thing you need?). Great entry, Jim!


  • November 4, 2010 at 12:46 amJim Reiser

    thank you:)

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