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
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.