The Swim Professor

Jim Reiser, M.S.

Safety & Swim Lessons: SAFEKIDS teams up with Swim Lessons University Instructors


SAFE KIDS Midlands, led by Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, teamed up with The Swim Lessons Company’s Swim Lessons University Instructors today and gave some 70 children a free swimming lesson! Coach Reiser shared safety tips with the parents as well and talked about The Swim Lessons Company’s new “Make a Splash Program” which seemed to draw lots of enthusiasm.

Today’s event was held at The Swim Lessons Company facility at Palmetto Athletic Center in Lexington, SC, while the same event will be offered again next Saturday, April 17th in Northeast Columbia at Chesterbrook Academy.

WLTX (CBS Columbia)interviewed Coach Reiser on the Mid Day News earlier in the week, while Stephany Snow of WGCV 630AM interviewed Reiser live on the radio Friday.  WIS-TV (NBC Columbia) actually came out to the event and did a story on both the 6:00PM AND 11:00PM  newscasts.

SEVEN RULES to REMEMBER by Water Safety Expert, Jim Reiser:

1.   NEVER leave your infant or toddlers unattended in a bathtub.

2.   CONTINUE swimming lessons with a qualified instructor until your child masters the formal strokes (underwater swimming is not enough!)

  1. WATCH your child with active, “eagle eye” supervision at all times when in or around the water.

  1. UTILIZE the Water Watcher Tag system.

  2. REQUIRE your child to wear a coast guard approved life jacket when boating, or even playing around lakes, rivers, or other open water situations.

  3. SECURE your residential pool with proper fencing, self-closing gates and latches, and pool alarms.

  4. LEARN CPR so you are qualified to respond in case of a life-threatening emergency.

No other accident claims more lives each year than accidental drowning for children under the age of five.  Drowning is second only to automobile accidents in children ages 6 to 14.  I

About Children’s Hospital

Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital was the first children’s hospital in South Carolina and has more than 30 pediatric subspecialties including pulmonology, cardiology, surgery, oncology, neonatology, anesthesiology, radiology, endocrinology, infectious diseases, critical care and others. A major pediatric referral center for children from all 46 counties in South Carolina, Children’s Hospital treats more than 82,000 children each year. For more information, or to subscribe to our quarterly e-newsletter, visit

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