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How to improve swimming times when stuck in a rut?

QUESTION: Hello Gary, I came across your website when searching for an answer to our big dilema related to our daughter’s swimming. Hopefully you can send me few lines response including ways how she can improve swimming times. We are from New Zealand and our daughter is 16, taller than 180cm and has a good […]

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Swimming with Fins – from what age?

QUESTION: Hi Gary, At what age can swimmers wear fins?  Or can they start wearing them in training sessions (swimming approx. 2-3 times per week) at the age of 8 or 9 years. Many thanks Sarah ANSWER – Swimming with Fins While a swimmer can start wearing fins at any age, most children begin to […]

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Breaks from swimming are good for you

How to start back swimming again

QUESTION: Hi Gary, I quit swimming when I was around 10 with a freestyle 50m time of about 42 seconds. I feel like restarting now but everyone in so much faster. Is there a way I could sort of ‘train’ in my small pool at home so I won’t be left in the dirt when […]

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Behind the Goggles goes to print

This week I received the final proof for Behind the Goggles and it looks fantastic. The content in the book will help every competitive swimmer aged 8 to 14 years to improve their swimming.  It is full of tips and areas to focus on and will be read over and over again. The book is in full […]

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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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New Swimming Book Name Released

Thank you to everyone for the wonderful title suggestions for my new book. As many readers know I have been putting together a new book for children aged 8 years to 14 years.  The book covers all aspects of competition swimming and talks about the life of a swimmer during these years. I had one problem though…  […]

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12 year old swimmer sessions per week

QUESTION: Hi Gary, My 12year old daughter currently trains 2 days per week but would like to train more because she enjoys her swimming and her winter sport is about to finish. Currently her coach is telling us that some weekly classes are not available to her unless she commits to 5-6 classes per week. […]

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New Swimming Book Just for Children

A new swimming book written specifically for competitive swimmers aged 8 to 14 yrs will be released in October 2014. Gary Barclay has spent the last year talking to swimming parents and children in this age range to find out what information is important to include in the book. Children aged 8 to 14 years […]

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