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How to improve my swimming?

QUESTION: Hi Gary, I was lucky enough to spend most of my childhood on a property with a large natural lake, spending 3-4 hours most summer days in the water. I never took any swimming lessons, and thought of myself as an accomplished swimmer because I was so comfortable in the water. When I went […]

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How far should a swimmer warm up?

QUESTION: Good Day Gary, Some of our swimmers ages 8yrs to 14yrs complain of fatigue, when its race time if the coach does a long warm up before the meet starts. What would you say would be basic or best warm up, prior to the start of the meet and the duration. Regards Robert ANSWER: […]

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Swimming Straight in Backstroke

QUESTION: Hi Gary, My daughter is a good swimmer but has a problem with staying straight in backstroke.  She tries to look as something above as a guide, but after a good dive and start she continually veers over  near the lane rope.  Do you have any suggestions please to help her. Thanks Kerry ANSWER: […]

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How to fix a screw kick in Breaststroke

QUESTION: Hi I’m a swimming coach, in lessons I got to many kids that got their screw leg in breast stroke,and in the swimming club i got around 4 kids, i have done a lot of research about the breaststroke legs and it helps, but it is a big headache that it is not working on […]

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How to improve my 50m breaststroke time?

QUESTION: Hello Gary My name is Sam and I am from this cold place called Ontario in Canada. I am a high school Breaststroker and I need to drop 1.4 seconds in 2 and a half months in 50m breaststroke short course to get a school record and make it to provincial A final. I go […]

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New swimming coach needs help

QUESTION: Hello, I am just a recently new coach and have just taken over a small squad of age group swimmers. All I wanted to know was is there any resources that would set out pool rules/code of conduct in regards to attendance attitude etc? Regards Adam ANSWER: Hi Adam, Each coach will gradually develop […]

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Six Secrets to be a Great Swimming Coach

There are some secrets to being a successful swimming coach of junior and age group swimmers.  Most of these secrets are never taught in coaching courses and most coaches do not understand the importance of these skills. Listed below are six key skills that successful swimming coaches use.  Do you do all of these? 1. Teach […]

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