The Swim Professor

Jim Reiser, M.S.

WIS-NBC Features Water Smart 101 Safety Program

After Michael Morris of The Samual Morris Foundation flew into Columbia, South Carolina to visit with Jim Reiser and learn more about the Water Smart 101 program, WIS-TV in Columbia’s Judi Gatson and Meaghan Norman were excited to spread the word about this potentially life saving program.

The Water Smart 101 program, inspired by SC State Representative Wendell Gilliard, has enormous potential in the fight against drowning, which could not only prevent drownings in children in South Carolina, but around the nation, and even around the globe which was evident by Michael Morris’s visit to South Carolina.   There is currently at least one school in Texas planing to implement the Water Smart 101 program this school year, every school in Charleston County, SC has implemented it in 2012.  Representative Gilliard is also encouraging all public schools in SC to implement this one-hour water safety course in 2013 and beyond.

Richland School District One students in Columbia, SC was the first school district to reap the benefits of the program.  Jim Reiser’s local swim school, The Swim Lessons Company, has been teaching swimming lessons and the water safety program to it’s second graders since 2006.  Reiser, the Water Smart 101 course author, has developed the course over the past 6 years into what now features an interactive video, a lesson plan, a water safety promise that involves the parent and child, a review, and a Water Smart exam the next day.

Here is the latest news coverage on the Water Smart 101 program featuring interviews from both Jim Reiser and Michael Morris of Australia:

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 is 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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September 26, 2012 at 4:40 pm Comments (0)

Water Smart 101 – A Water Safety Lesson being Taught in Public Schools

After presenting this water safety lesson to nearly 10,000 children last year, and over 50,000 children in the past 6 years, I can now share it with you!   You can find the “Water Smart 101 DVD on the Swim Lessons University website today!

Whether you are a swimming instructor or a school teacher—Water Smart 101 is a program you can easily adapt and teach in the schools (not in pools) in an effort to save lives by educating our youth before they are let out for the summer.

Water Smart 101 was inspired by South Carolina State Representative Wendell Gilliard, who reached out to me last year to create the program. Representative Gilliard proposed a bill in South Carolina that requires one hour of Water Safety Instruction in the classroom in every elementary school in the state.

This DVD is part of an entire curriculum which consists of this DVD, lesson plans, a homework assignment, and exam. The homework features a Water Safety Promise that both the child and parent(s) study together, discuss together, and sign together. The content of the Water Safety Promise is then reviewed in the next day’s lesson, which is followed by a written exam.

By the time children enter kindergarten, they are old enough to understand both the pleasures and risks involved with the water. To be truly successful, I think it is critical that we not only teach the children how they can keep themselves safer, but also involve their parents.  Parents are obviously a vital link in the overall plan, as they can further reinforce the importance of this water safety education and you can include them by having them participate in the homework assignment and sign the Water Safety Promise.

You will never be able to drownproof a child, but you can teach them to be 100% Water Smart!” If all of our children are 100% water smart–here’s no telling how many lives will be spared.

My goal is to help you make teaching water safety in the classroom both effective and as easy as 1-2-3.  As we get into the content of Water Smart 101 DVD course, I’m breaking it down and sharing with you what you can do to make your lesson engaging, fun, and effective.  The presentation on the video was a LIVE presentation that I did at a local elementary school in South Carolina, while incorporating tips to help you re-produce the same presentation.

There is also a bonus section that allows school teachers to simply put the DVD in and PLAY IT for their classroom.   In that part of the DVD, I spoke to the camera and did the presentation so the teachers don’t have to do it.  They can simply put it in the DVD player and press “play!”     I assume swim school owners and swim instructors will likely learn how to do the presentation and do it presentation themselves, which we teach in the video 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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December 6, 2011 at 10:30 am Comments (2)