The Swim Professor

Jim Reiser, M.S.

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Fun Swim Lesson Ideas

One of my Swim Lessons University talks in 2010-2011 was titled, “Tricks to Making Learning Fun.”  In this presentation, I shared with my attendees 14 Swim Lesson Tips and Success Strategies that I have found to be fun and practical to adapt in your learn to swim classes.

Tip #4 was one I learned from the TV series Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.   Each day Mr. Rogers would bring a special item of interest to his show to share with his young viewers.   He would then  find a way to work it in to the show’s theme, one way or the other.  It could be anything!  Something  he made, a picture, a toy, something you eat, etc.

So my Tip #4 was that I encourage my teachers to “Bring an Item of Interest” for your kids swim lessons to share with your young students.   It doesn’t take much to spark a young child’s interest and curiosity, and the response you will get from it is amazing.  Not only does it take just a minute or so to incorporate, the motivational factor is priceless.  You wouldn’t believe how much your young swim lessons students will look forward to your next class just to find out what their swim instructor will have to show them next!

Instructor Maria Darwood, who attended my conference in Orlando, brought a perfect example of this to the conference.  It was a little cut-out of a character she named “Stanley.”  It was colored in crayon and laminated, and she tells her students about all the places Stanley visits.

During the past week he traveled to New York City and saw Rockefeller Center Ice Rink, Time Square and the Statue of Liberty. He then traveled with another family in Virginia aboard the U.S.S. Newport News, nuclear submarine. Stanley went flying from an airfield by Langley Air Force Base. Then traveled to D.C. to visit the White House, the U.S. Capital, and the Washington Monument, “It was Presidents Day!”

Of course Stanley visited “The Swim Professor” at the Swim Lessons University Swim Teachers Conference in Orlando, and I was honored to have my picture taken with Stanley!  He will be wrapping up his travels in Tampa, Florida.  He will then go across the state to visit Kennedy Space Center for the final launch of Discovery this Thursday at 4:50 P.M.

You can see my picture with Stanley on the Swim Lessons University Facebook Page!

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February 23, 2011 at 6:03 pm
  • January 5, 2012 at 3:27 amMatei

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