I am just asking if just say I am already 17yrs old and I am doing a 27.5 for 50m freestyle long course. Is it possible for me to do a 25 sec next year. Just let me know if I’m raising false hopes. Regards, Brandon _____ Hi Brandon, The easy answer is yes. A drop […]
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Suggested Swimming Training for an 8 year old
QUESTION: Hi, we have an 8 year old daughter who has been swimming competitively for a few years and is very keen on training more. Our problem is that we no longer live in Australia and have moved to Bali. We would like some advice on giving her the best training program for her age. […]
How to fix arm going across body in Freestyle?
QUESTION: My 7 year old son is a keen swimmer and trains 3 times a week (7 – 9 km per week). He has a problem on his crawl whereby when breathing his arm on the opposite side crosses under his body. Can you tell me the best way the fix this ? Looking forward […]
Top Five Competition Tips for Swimmers
1. Arrive on Time There is nothing worse for a swimmer than arriving late for warm-up for a competition. Lateness leads to an increase in anxiety for both the swimmer and the parent. For the athlete this will use up unnecessary energy before they even dive into the water to warm-up. At most swim meets coaches […]
Why use Fins or Flippers when Swimming?
QUESTION: Hi Gary Can you please explain the reason why you use flippers when training? And is it better with flippers or with out? Anne ANSWER: Hi Anne, There are many reasons why flippers are used in swimming. These can be summarised as follows: Using flippers will improve a swimmers body position and their technique. When […]
Why do Swimming Coaches Love Coaching?
Last Friday night I attended a 20 year reunion for a swimming club that I began in 1995 called Carey Aquatic. The Club changed its name to CA Tritons in 2008 and remains a strong competitive club in Melbourne, Australia today. There were more than 150 former athletes in attendance on the night and it […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Are 6 two hour sessions too much for a 9 year old swimmer?
QUESTION: Hello my dear, I have a son. My son is 9 years. He is good swimmer. I have a question of you. Due to his age, my son several times a week to swim practice. His coach says: 6 sessions of 2 hours a week to practice. It is not too much for him […]