—  Stop Drowning Now Foundation —  Virtual Meeting

Speaker: Jim Spiers
Stop Drowning Now Foundation

Speaker Bio:
Stop Drowning Now is proud to have Jim Spiers as its president. Jim is a consummate professional in all facets of instruction and teaching methods within the realm of swim and water safety. In collaboration with two-time Olympic Gold medalist Catherine Fox, he established the Underwater Schoolhouse for Swimming Programs and Teaching Methods. Jim is credited with the formation and development of multiple swim programs throughout the state of Texas, including the prestigious Phil Hansel Swim Academy in Houston. 

 A renowned and highly prized water safety expert, Jim welcomed the opportunity to repeat the successes of his Texas swim schools, and moved to New York in 1990. There, he embarked on a new challenge; operate a growing swim school program while introducing a children’s theater program. This initiative gave birth to SwimJim, Inc. in 1998. Soon, the notoriety and success of the SwimJim program resulted in feature articles in the New York Times, as well as requests for TV and radio appearances/interviews (NPR and Martha Stewart Radio and numerous children’s magazines). 

 Jim has traveled around the globe on behalf of the Stop Drowning Now, presenting the Safer 3 program in Brazil and Ireland. In fall 2013, the United States Swim School Association presented Jim with the Humanitarian Award for his water safety efforts. Most recently, Jim was recognized in an elite group of aquatics professionals. In March 2015, Jim was recognized as an outstanding industry leader in Aquatics International The Power Issue: Aquatics Advocates. Jim was recognized for his commitment to water safety throughout the United States and internationally as well. 

 Additionally, Jim is an active member of numerous boards and organizations, including:World Aquatic Baby Congress United States Swim School Association National Drowning Prevention Alliance

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