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Why is technique important in swimming?

QUESTION: Hello, I have a lot of stamina and my swimming coach tells me that I swim very fast but she tells me I have to improve techniques… in a race not speed is important?? why should I bother with techniques Jean Claude ANSWER: Hi Jean Claude, It sounds like your swimming coach is a […]

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Nine year old swimmer not improving

QUESTION: Dear Sir/Madam I have a 9 year old son who swims for a club and participates in galas regularly. The issue is he seems to always underperform at his galas. Kids in his age group and smaller constantly achieve better times than he does. He is at training 3 to 4 times a week […]

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Swimmer stuck on same time for a year

QUESTION: Hi Gary, My son is 11 years and has been stuck for nearly a year on 33 seconds in 50 m freestyle. He is desperate to get quicker, his stroke looks good & he tries really hard but it’s just not happening. He is currently in the relay team but is worrying he will loose […]

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A Second Swim Session will Help Alot

QUESTION: Hi the Swim Expert, I have a unique swim training question.  I want to help out this next year with the swim team, unfortunately this school doesn’t have a pool.  The nearest pool is an hour and a half away?  Then off course there are finances and scheduling issues, so in past years they […]

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Son is getting slower, what to do?

QUESTION: Hi Gary My son is nearly 12 and has been competitive swimming since he was 7 he swims 4-5 sessions a week, mine and his concern is that he’s getting slower, his last couple of swim meets he swam slower than when he was 9 and as you can imagine it’s very disheartening for […]

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Swimming for Parents Overview

Watch and listen to Gary Barclay, author of ‘Swimming for Parents’ talk about the different ideas discussed in the second edition of his book. Hi, I’m Gary Barclay, and I’m here to help you as a swimming parent to support your child to be the best swimmer that they can be. Over the years, I […]

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How to improve Backstroke time over 200m

QUESTION Hi Gary, My son is of 18yrs. His main stroke is backstroke.His 200m timing is 2m 27s,Since from last year he is unable to improve his time. His target is 2m 20s.What should be done? Please advice. Thanks Aditi ANSWER Hi Aditi, Backstroke swimmers need to do lots of backstroke.  Too often, swimming programs […]

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