The Swim Professor

Jim Reiser, M.S.

Aquatic Safety Research Group’s Rachel Griffith’s has Article Published

Rachel Griffith’s wrote a fabulous article on water safety which was published by Westside Today. Please read and share! Your sharing of this article could save a life.

For more great water safety tools and products, especially the Coast Guard Approved Sea Squirts Lifejacket, which is designed for swimming–check out Swim Lessons University today!

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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April 10, 2012 at 11:49 am Comments (0)

LIFE JACKETS SAVE LIVES

Today’s blog is a response to a post against the use of Life jackets and Flotation devices.  Here are my thoughts:

First off, Life Jackets save lives. An absolute MUST for non-swimmers in residential pools and lakes, especially if they are not within arm’s reach of an adult.  I think most would agree that a child’s life itself is more precious than any philosophy or an unjustified concern about a child becoming dependent on the device.  I have been using various flotation devices since in 1982.  I have never witnessed a child a child not learn how to swim because of using a flotation device.  In fact, I learned to swim with a flotation device myself, as did my sisters and brother, as did hundreds of All Americans, World Class Swimmers, and yes–Olympians.   It didn’t stop them!

As Tom Griffiths, founder of the “Note ‘n Float” program said to me at the NDPA Conference in Pittsburgh last year, “With Iphones, Ipads, texting, etc., the supervision is getting worse.”

For instructional purposes, I have been using the progressive SwimWays Power Swimr since the early 90’s. Children learn independence in the water because they are not dependent on the teacher’s support, their confidence grows, and REAL practice time AND repetition of movements FAR EXCEEDS whatever the child would get without it.

Not only do I witness it first hand on a daily basis at The Swim Lessons Company, while obtaining my Master’s Degree in Physical Education and Motor Learning we studied skill acquisition in depth.  Study after study suggests that increased practice time leads to faster skill development.  In addition, because you can gradually decrease the flotation with this device, you can apply the progression principle naturally which also accelerates learning (a well known physiology principle).

With that said, I do respect other philosophies on learn to swim and I commend all those who teach children to swim and give them the lifetime gift of learning to swim.  There is no one way to achieve any one goal, but when it comes to safety for non-swimmers,–there’s no debate—LIFE JACKETS SAVE LIVES!

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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May 17, 2011 at 4:08 pm Comments (2)