Will Swim Lessons Drownproof A Child?

Even the best swimmers are not drownproof. Anyone can end up in a situation that could cause them to drown. The reason we learn to swim is to reduce the chance that something unfortunate take place when we’re in and around the water. We combine swim skills with water safety knowledge to reduce our drowning risks even more.

Skills and safety knowledge

As children reach new levels of swimming skills, they can perform the maneuvers that help them to be safe if they get into the water unsupervised. These abilities should never lull the child or the parent into a false sense of security that their child could be drownproof.

Parental supervision

One of the most important components of a water safety strategy is parental supervision. This is no substitute for it. Even children with swimming skills can get overwhelmed, tired or panic in the water and need assistance to be safe.


It is crucial that parents know all aspects of water safety such as supervision, barriers, pool safety fencing, CPR and child centered swimming lessons and  to understand the necessity for their children to learn how to swim and how to be safe in and around the water.


Put it this way – even Michael Phelps could drown. His amazing skills do not make him exempt from this risk. His risk of drowning may be much lower than the risk potential of a child who cannot swim but he still is at risk.

It is through combining skills and safety practices that we make those risks as low as we possibly can so that we can all enjoy the fun that being in and around the water can provide.

Staffing Lessons You Can Learn From Others

Some people learn hiring lessons the hard way, but you don’t have to because many people who have made mistakes before you have left great advice on what to avoid when you’re trying to staff your gym/studio/school/center….

Mario Ashley, owner of CrossFit Naples, shares the five major mistakes in staffing made by Big Box owners. He has taken their mistakes and applied them to his own experiences in his gym!


Coaches rarely have all the skills they need when they first come to us.

It’s our job to teach them these skills if we want to have a killer staff. What you should really be looking for in a new coach is potential.

Base your decisions about potential coaches on the following:

– Do they show up 4-5 times a week to work out?

– Do they follow the Paleo diet?

– Do they stay after class to work on mobility?

– Have they signed up or plan to sign up for a Level 1 cert?

– Are they friendly and social with the community?

If the answer is ‘yes’ to several of the previous questions, then the prospective coach in question has more potential than another candidate you just “have a good feeling about.”


The fact that someone is Level 1 certified doesn’t mean crap.

I know we’ve all seen some of the people who show up to those certs. I remember one participant who showed up at my cert that had never done CrossFit, was horribly out of shape and admitted that the only reason he was at the cert was because he wanted to open up his own CF gym. He had a long way to go in becoming a great coach.

Always hire from within. Those that understand your program and believe in it enough to pay your premium rates are the people that you want to consider as potential coaches.


Don’t get so excited about your first prospective coach that you hand him or her the entire 40 page Instructor Training Program (ITP) Guide (found in Module #19) and say “read this.”

I made that mistake and scared away two potential coaches, because they got overwhelmed.

Try this instead: create some context for ITP first by hosting a one hour meeting for anyone curious about the program. Use this time to explain to them why this is such a great opportunity and to answer their questions. Then, for those who are truly on board, you can give them the tools to get started.

If a prospective coach balks at the 40 pages of reading, at this point, then you know this is not a great candidate for ITP.


Business owners should never risk results because they’re focused on protecting someone’s feelings.

You may feel sorry for a potential coach that has been in the ITP program for 6 months and still isn’t ready to be on the floor, but giving them their own class anyway is a mistake.

Your processes need to be based on successful business practices that can be duplicated and replicated. So always be sure that all of your coaches also excel at what you do so well.

Remember, it’s the consistent excellence at your box that makes students willing to pay top dollar.

Your members respect you for your entire staff’s expertise, and professionalism; don’t ruin that because you feel bad for a coach who isn’t fully developed.  Develop that person into a BAMF coach instead. Then maybe… just maybe… you can put them ‘on the floor.’


If the people who are running your classes aren’t fulfilling their duties, FIRE them.

These are Mario’s top 5 mistakes with comments…

We hope you find this useful in alleviating some of your staffing frustrations.

Why Join the Jackrabbit User Group?

“Quite simply, it’s a tremendous resource for any user.” 

Writing this from the Jackrabbit perspective, we could give you a multitude of reasons why we think you should be in our Users Group. But we would like to share what those who are already members of it have said.

Wendi Bergstrom uses Jackrabbit at her facility, Grand Central Academy of Performing Arts, and believes that our new Users Group is great “for hands-on, post-to-the-minute, real life interaction and use.” It is “a collective of minds using the program in a way that suits those of us that use it the same way, best.”

Diane Trifiro, Hand 2 Hand Acrobatic Training Center, loves the new Jackrabbit Software Facebook Users Group! “Thanks so much for adding the Jackrabbit Facebook User Group. I have already used it several times. I am hoping that as more people join the group it will become a valuable resource to see how people are using Jackrabbit in ways that I might not have thought of.  The more people we can network with the better and Facebook is an easily accessible tool to use!”

Just to give you a little tour and tell you about the Facebook Users Group features, let me say that we have the platform for providing you with files and images or videos that you can view and download. You can also learn who some of the other users are so that you may be able to direct specific questions to someone who has a facility most like yours.

But the feature of the Facebook Users Group that rises above the others is that simple little Ask a Question box.  The resources that you’re accessing when you pose a question to this group are amazing!

Sure some Jackrabbit folks are members but we aren’t the important ones. Look down the list (which is growing day by day!) and see the user-side knowledge that is there! My goodness, there are folks in this user group that have been using Jackrabbit for years.  They know lots of the tips and tricks that we try to share with you on the blog but they know off the tops of their heads from daily use of the software!

If you’ve attended a User Conference in Charlotte or in Vegas, you understand the value of interaction with other users. Just bantering back and forth about the best way to pull a somewhat unique report can save you hours of trial and error and loads of frustration.

We hope you accept our invitation to join this select group. We believe it is a platform for leveraging the Jackrabbit user experience that exists across all of our users without even stepping outside your door!

Click here to request membership!


User Conference Video – Users Unite at Jackrabbit HQ

Jackrabbit’s East Coast User Conference – held February 6-8 at the company’s headquarters near Charlotte NC – was very exciting in many ways.

In case you missed it, here’s a recap:

The 2 ½ day deep dive into Jackrabbit featured comprehensive sessions that took users through features, best practices and functionality tips of many of the most highly utilized areas of the system.

“While hosting a ‘leaner’ crowd than last year, we feel like the staff to user ratio created a more interactive and more productive conference,” commented President Mark Mahoney. “It is fantastic to have high interest but we also want to make sure that each user event we host is effective for those who make the investment to attend.”

The conference provided both new users and veterans with learning opportunities and content geared toward their skill levels. Two areas of the system that inspire the most questions are generally financial and reporting. Not only are these two of the most highly utilized, these areas also help to manage the critical cash flow, billing and payment aspects of the business, so understanding their use is vital to owners and managers so Jackrabbit makes sure that each User Conference includes quite a few sessions for both new and veteran users on topics that fall under the financial and reporting categories.

Online Registration was another high-appeal topic at this User Conference. It can be such a game-changing process for those who implement it that it is no wonder both new and veteran users want to soak up all possible information about the best practices for using it and the ways others have applied it to unique situations.

Despite the Thursday’s rain, most attendees joined Jackrabbit’s team for an evening at Michael Waltrip Racing! The tour was interesting – even for those who aren’t race fans – and it was a great venue for a party where lots of delicious food and beverage was consumed!

From attendees we heard: “I loved seeing the “faces” of Jackrabbit!” “Thank you to the entire Jackrabbit staff – You Rock!”

Actually – we think you “Rock”!