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How often should I swim to make a comeback at 16 years?


Hi, I’m a 16 year old swimmer and I’ve been off swimming for around 6 months due to illness and injury. And I was wondering as I want to get back on track and achieve better times how often would I have to train for and how long? Because I also want to achieve big with my swimming and see how far I can go.

Thank you,



Hi Chantelle,

My suggestion would be to get back into swimming around 3 times a week for an hour for one to two weeks and then gradually extend it to 3 x 1 1/2 to 2 hour sessions a week.  Once you can do this, add a 4th and 5th session into your schedule.  Ultimately you should be swimming at least 6 times a week (once a day) at 16 years and possibly more.

Speak to your coach in regards to a progression that you are both comfortable with.  You will need to communicate with your coach on how you are going, especially if you have been ill in the past.

Good luck.



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