The Swim Professor

Jim Reiser, M.S.

Swimming Lessons for Preschoolers: Getting Started

When teaching swimming lessons to preschoolers, you can be so much more successful when you make learning like play. The famous children’s television series “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood” coincidentally targeted the same age group as our Swim 101 course, which is our beginners course for young children between the ages of three and five years of age.

Mr. Roger’s put it like this: “When we treat children’s play as seriously as it deserves, we are helping them feel the joy that’s to be found in the creative spirit. It’s the things we play with and the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives.”

Encouraging children to use their imagination engages and excites this young age group. This why it is important to use “make believe” in your classes with young learners. Here is a short video of two activities that you can use:


Could you see the effectiveness of the “pretend play?” When you can accomplish this in your Swim 101 classes, the skills naturally follow with repetition and your guidance. This is all possible because you were successful getting your students engaged in a manner that they are bursting with enthusiasm.

The trick then becomes in the transition from one activity to the next. You got to see one of those transitions. In the 2nd Edition of Swim 101 which will be published in January, 2014, you will get to see how to do it from the start of your class to the finish.

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, 2013 at 3:45 pm Comments (0)

Social Media for Swim Lesson Parents

Your ability or willingness to take the time to communicate with your customers, your swim lesson parents, can make or break your swim school.  Keep in touch with them via email, and use social media like facebook, twitter, and LinkedIn.  Here’s an example of a recent message I posted on our Swim Lessons Company Facebook page:

“Does  your child suddenly seem to not like swim lessons? Does he refuse to try a certain skill? I CAN’T EMPHASIZE THIS ENOUGH: Evaluate your feedback.  Experts agree that young children are motivated to learn through what they perceive as to be fun or play. Our Parent & Me and Swim 101 course reflect this philosophy. It is critical that teachers and parents are sensitive to this developmental perspective.  Try not to ever force an adult work ethic upon young children. Preschool swim lessons should be fun, playful experiences.”

Short social media messages like that are invaluable.  You can communicate your philosophy, observations, and share tips in an informal manner.  You eliminate personal confrontation and give the parents a chance to digest what you’re saying.  Last but not least, you keep their attention because you aren’t writing an essay.  Let’s face it.  Attention spans are not very long these days, even with adults!

One more tip: Try to pretty regularly open with a question to engage your reader.  This can make or break whether they even take a look!

Hope this helps! you.  Anytime you have a question for me feel free to email me at swimprofessor@sc.rr.com

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January 16, 2012 at 3:34 pm Comments (0)

Swim Lessons University Super Conference: Tricks to Making Swim Lessons More Fun!

Just finished final preparations for my second talk at the Swim Lessons University Super Conference in Indianapolis and Las Vegas.   Take a sneak preview of what will be addressed and swim lesson ideas in the talk titled:

Tricks to Making Swim Lessons More Fun!

  • A Funny Preschool Story
  • Characteristics of Preschoolers
  • A SURPRISE VIDEO
  • Your evaluation of the Surprise Video
  • Role Playing Activity
  • A new idea for you to try!
  • Video samples of techniques that work
  • Motivational award ideas
  • Why my “most praised teacher” wouldn’t make my “All-time” TOP 10 List?!?!
  • Differences in approaches to teaching beginners shared on video
  • I’M GUILTY TOO!
  • An example for you to listen to . . .
  • Discipline Strategies
  • Loving Punishments vs. Power Punishments

I hope you will join me to hear “the rest of the story” at the Swim Lessons University Super Conference in Indianapolis or Las Vegas.  Register now for just $75 and receive 5 FREE Online Tests & Certificate programs ($50 value) PLUS MUCH MORE!

Trust me, I am making this conference worth your while!  Register today at www.swimlessonsuniversity.com

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August 25, 2010 at 11:25 pm Comments (0)

Swim Lesson Plans for Kids

 

When developing Swim Lessons Plans for Preschoolers, you want to start your class on the right foot.  Two of my favorite television shows for preschoolers are PBS’s “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood” and BBC Kids “Rosie & Jim.” One thing you will notice with these two shows as well as many other successful shows for young children is that each show starts the same way.  This is also a great swim lessons idea!

In case you’re not familiar with the late and legendary Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood television series, each time he began a show he would walk into his television living room at the start of the visit singing, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

The song is gentle and caring, and features comforting lines like “It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood” and ends with “Won’t you please? Won’t you please? Please won’t you be my neighbor?”

For your swim lesson plans , the next idea you can take from these show is to PRETEND!  Preschoolers love to use their imagination and pretend.

At Swim Lessons University, we start each of our Swim 101 classes with a swim lessons activity story called “Your Motorboat’s Stuck in the Mud.”  In this activity, you (the teacher) start the activity off by saying, “Once upon a time, i.e., Johnny was taking a boat ride, when all of the sudden, the boat got stuck in the mud!   Then you really get your students engaged by saying, “now say what I say:”  “That’s okay (that’s okay), I know how to get the boat out of the mud ( I know how to get the boat out of the mud). ”  All you have to do is kick like this (All you have to do is kick like this)!”    And the teacher demonstrates a stationary kick holding the bench or the step.

I look forward to sharing more swim lessons ideas for teaching preschoolers in my next blog.

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 Online Swim Instructor Certification  and curriculum, make sure to visit us at www.SwimLessonsUniversity.com

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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August 19, 2010 at 4:50 pm Comment (1)