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FALL REGISTRATION STARTS TODAY.  Call now to not miss out.  New locations on upper East and upper West sides. We are back from Summer and ready to start blogging. Hope everyone had a safe and fun summer! Check back with … Read More

Pre-natal Swimming, part one

Get exercise and go weightless! As swim instructor and five months pregnant with my first child I have found that being in the water has incredible benefits for not only me but my baby as well. The added weight and … Read More

Water Safety Rules

Safety Rules 1. Take swim lessons. 2. Never swim alone. 3. Swim only where there is qualified supervision. A supervisor should know: a. CPR b. First Aid c. Rescue procedures d. Have a cordless phone poolside. 4. Never leave toys … Read More

Helpful Hints for Having a Successful Infant Swim Class

Demonstrate: Your instructor will show you what to do. Make sure you understand completely before trying it yourself. Doing it wrong can do more harm than good. Repetition: Do it over and over again. You will get tired and possibly … Read More

Helpful Hints for Having a Good Swimming Class

GROUP praise gives encouragement. Group response serves as reinforcement and helps parents as well as the babies. It makes them feel as if they have really done a great thing — after all, this many people can’t be wrong! Your … Read More

A day in the water with Will

Although a large part of my job is managing pools around Manhattan, training new instructors how to use our methodology to be the best they can be in the water with the wonderful kids we have the privilege of teaching … Read More

Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Strategies

Our program has as it’s first goal water safety. And, while it is quite a bit more than this, water safety is fundamentally about drowning prevention.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the leading cause … Read More

Talking Positive Part Two: 100 Ways To Say “Good Job!”

please add your positive words and expressions as comments! 100 Ways to Say “Good Job!” 1. Good Job! 2. GREAT! 3. You’re special! 4. You’ve got a great future! 5. You’ve just about got it! 6. Now you’ve got the … Read More

It’s All About Water Pressure

Using the technical aspect of competitive swimming to examine water safety. … Read More

Spring Swimming

Spring is a very busy time for everyone. The weather gets nicer, we all start to get out a little more, and with that first day in a t-shirt, we all start to think about the summer. With summer just … Read More

The Story Behind the Baker Act

You might not know this but drowning is the leading cause of death among children between the ages of 1 and 14. The vast majority of these deaths could have been prevented through proper education and supervision. This is, of … Read More

Just Getting Started

Hello Everyone! This is Jim Spiers, the founder of SwimJim and we’ve decided to dive into the blogosphere.  With a wealth of experience and knowledge concerning water safety and child development, I and my senior instructors will be regularly updating … Read More