The Swim Professor

Jim Reiser, M.S.

Swimming Lessons in September?

Here is a recent message I shared with our swim school parents:

Dear Families & Friends:

Would you consider dedicating 30-minutes of your child’s week to swimming instruction if you knew it could determine life or death?  Of course you would!

As fall approaches, I urge parents to consider continuing the pursuit of helping your child be the safest and strongest swimmer he/she can be!   Sure, we are all busy with school, other sports activities, etc., but the last thing we should do is substitute other activities for swimming instruction when our child is not yet a strong swimmer.

As a physical educator and coach, I am a HUGE advocate of children participating in multiple sports and activities.  My three boys play baseball, basketball, soccer, and have done karate.   But I would never substitute one of the sports at the cost of my child’s safety.   So just because the fall sports season is approaching, please continue your commitment to your child’s swimming safety and skills.

Learning to swim is a process, not an event.  Just like those who believe in karate for self-defense, stick with it, and pursue a black belt–EVERY PARENT should have their child pursue a “black belt in swimming” for their child’s safety.


Jim Reiser, Founder & President

Learn-to-Swim Professional

M.S. of Physical Education & Motor Skill Acquisition

The International Swimming Hall of Fame has named Jim Reiser the recipient of the 2015 Virginia Hunt Newman Award for his approach in teaching infants, toddlers, and children to swim. Jim is the first American to win the award in 20 years!

Jim has also been honored by:

USA Swimming as the Adolph Kiefer Water Safety Person of the Year

National Drowning & Prevention Alliance Lifesaver of the Year

World Aquatic Babies & Children Congress as the President’s Award Recipient for world-wide contributions to learn-to-swim.

July 29, 2015 at 11:34 pm Comments (0)

Sweden, A Swimmers’ Haven

Sweden is not only world-famous for its 29 national parks, luxurious nature drenched in mesmerizing lakes, majestic mountains, imposing forests and rich fauna, but also for being one of the best places to live in if you happen to be a swimming aficionado.

How Popular Is Swimming In Sweden?swimming

The country is known to be a swimming nation and it does not only counts lots of successful swimmers that have won swimming titles in important competitions but also a lot of people who take on swimming as a hobby or a means of exercising in an enjoyable manner. In fact, swimming is so popular in the Scandinavian region in general that Trader Joe's, one of the biggest American chains of grocery stores, has started manufacturing and selling Scandinavian Swimmers candy, also available in the Super Sour Scandinavian Swimmers version.

Swedish children are taught the importance of swimming from an early age when they receive free swimming lessons in school. The swimming lessons are mandatory for children of all ages and they are useful for introducing them to a healthy lifestyle for the upcoming years while promoting and improving their current health.

Even people who are visually impaired and who would like to swim will soon benefit from a special program that is currently being developed in Boson, at the Swedish Sports Federation’s development center. The invention is expected to rely on sensors placed inside pools that will assist swimmers with improving their individual turns, making their experience smoother for them. The program is also meant to eliminate the need to use the regular tappers that visually impaired swimmers need to rely on to know when they have reached the end of the pool. Tappers come in the form of poles that are covered in soft-tipped ends used by personal swimming assistants for tapping the swimmer once he reaches the wall at the end of the pool. This, in turn, will act as a real-time notification that the swimmer will use to turn.

The upcoming product, as well as the program it is a part of, will be called Breaking Swimming Barriers and its main purpose is to help these swimmers enjoy a higher degree of independence, as well as pay less for their swimming hobby, since they will no longer need to use a personal assistant while inside the pool.

Famous Swedish Swimming Champions And Championships 

Sarah Fredrika Sjöström is a Swedish competitive swimmer who specializes in the sprint freestyle. Sarah is also the first female swimmer in the country to win an Olympic gold medal in this sport. Her titles include the Overall Swimming World Cup in both 2017 and 2018. She has also won ten individual World Championship gold medals and she currently holds the world record in no less than five different long or short course freestyle or butterfly competitions.

Gustav Hökfelt has won the 50-meter backstroke long course in June 2019 and conquered the Sette Colli Trophy in Rome, Italy. He also won the 100m backstroke Swim Open Stockholm competition held in Stockholm in 2018. Johannes Skagius won the World Championships at the 50mbreatsstroke competition held in Budapest, Hungary in 20917.

These are just a few of the many Swedish swimmers who have won impressive titles over the years, proving this people's incredible talent at this sport. Their status in the sports sector in Sweden is extremely high and there are also lots of people who are interested in keeping an eye on swimming competitions on TV or streaming them online. Most of them also choose to place bets on their favorite swimming athletes or swimming competitions. In fact, the number of swimming bettors in the country is higher than in many other European countries. If you are looking for a safe place online where you can wager on your favorite Swedish swimmers, check out the Svenne Casinos page on sports betting and find out how to get started.

The Swedish Swimming Federation counts around 300 member clubs, hosting around 12,000 swimmers, all licensed. The oldest swimming club is Upala SS founded in 1796 and it enabled women to receive swimming education. It is also the club that initiated the first swimming competitions in 1910. The country has also organized the third FINA Short Course Swimming Championships in 1997, when it won three gold medals. There are also biannual Swedish Youth Swimming Championships for young swimmers ready to compete.

July 9, 2015 at 2:33 am Comments (0)