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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.

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