For the first time in 20 years, The International Swimming Hall of Fame’s has honored an American as the ISHOF Virginia Hunt Newman Award recipient. The 2015 honoree is Jim Reiser, Founder & Executive Director of Swim Lessons University.
Reiser earned this honor by following Virginia Hunt Newman’s footsteps, bringing worldwide attention to a kind, non-forceful, non-traumatic approach to learn to swim. As the executive director of Swim Lessons University, Jim Reiser has led the way in creating online swim instructor training courses for teaching infants, toddlers, and young children to swim using a kind, gentle method– just as Virginia did.
Swim Lessons University uses the world-wide web and DVD video courses to train and certify swimming instructors to teach with this progressive, effective, yet gentle approach. The Virginia Hunt Newman Award is sponsored by legendary Olympian Adolph Kiefer and the World Aquatic Babies and Children Congress.
Here are some highlights of the ceremony including a few words from Jim Reiser after being presented with the award: