Swim your Way to Health

Swim your Way to Health

Swimming is both a sport and a fun activity. It’s also a survival skill which means there’s a lot to gain by engaging in this exercise. Because it is an aerobic activity, swimming gives you the benefit of better oxygen circulation in your blood. But the best part of doing this sport is that it gives you the chance to work out your entire body without the jarring impact to your bones. This is especially beneficial to the elderly or for individuals who have arthritis and other illnesses that concerns the bone.

This is because the body is lighter when it is submerged in water. The unique environment lightens up the body’s load which means that when a person is submerged in water up to your neck, the body only supports 10% of the weight because the rest is managed by the water. [...]

Caring for Your Heart

Caring for your Heart

The occurrence of heart attacks among individuals between the age of 30 and 40 has gone up in recent years. Some say this is because of the prevailing sedentary lifestyle among the working professionals. Coupled with a bad diet, it’s a surefire way to put an unnecessary strain on your heart.

While it is unrealistic to expect everyone to be super athletes, there is a growing awareness of the importance of exercise in a person’s daily schedule. Even a person with the busiest of work schedules need to find time to engage in an exercise routine to keep the heart healthy. This is the cheapest way to prevent all kinds of heart disease, control cholesterol levels, decrease teh chances of diabetes and helps control overeating.

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It Seems Like Only Yesterday

If you’re a regular reader of my blog you’ll know only too well how fond I am of my nephew, Tom. Well today I can’t believe it. Not only has he just turned 28, but he’s in the process of starting up his own business. It literally seems like only yesterday since he was born. He finished university just over four years ago and although he managed to find a job related to his degree, it was clear that it didn’t really turn him on.

He and I often ruminate about my job and how it was a huge part of my life and never really seemed like work. I don’t know if I’m just feeling a bit emotional or not, but I’m pretty sure that these memories set the bar very high for Tom and his expectations of work.

Tom’s dad runs a really successful landscape architecture business and because Tom did his degree in geography and then specialized in mining, the two working together could have been dynamite (if you excuse the pun). Tom’s dad wanted that, Tom’s mum wanted that, even Tom’s sister wanted that; but Tom didn’t. So he’s now decided to try to make a living out of his passion: sport. He’s always excelled at whatever he did. A straight “A’s” student, a scratch golfer and a Scottish under 18s rugby cap really just scratches the surface of what Tom has achieved, but with those insights you’ll get my drift.

His parents are very concerned about his plan. He wants to become a personal fitness coach. He’s done all the research, he’s done all the courses and passed all the certificates he needs to, all he needs to do now is make it happen. His plan is that he’ll promote himself online and by word of mouth and that he’ll work with corporate bods who want to be seriously put through their paces on a one-to-one basis.

He’s planned a boot camp approach and most of his work will be outdoors, no matter the season. He’s identified his target market perfectly. What’s more, he’s going to do a free session for anyone who wants to give it a try and in my mind he risks nothing, because as soon as these people see what they’re getting for their money, they’ll be queuing at the door.

Tom has set himself up as a sole trader for now and has found himself a really cool sounding bookkeeping and accounting solution. Virtual Business Source is their name and they operate completely online. What this means is that no matter what time of day or night he wants to catch up with how well he’s doing, he can. What’s more, they operate on a fixed, monthly fee, which is a perfect way for him to plan and manage his cashflow.

Tom’s also in the process of getting his website designed. It’s going to be a real high-energy affair and should appeal to his audience who are genuine “go-getters” and want to make it their business to really get fit. I’ve helped him out with his set-up costs. He didn’t want me to, but I’m so very proud of what he’s doing, I managed to persuade him that investing was as much for me as it was for him! I don’t know about you, but I love seeing the young ones getting on and doing something useful.

Should I Swim Off Into The Sunet Or Get A USB Microphone And Start A Chat Show?

As regular readers will know, although I have retired from coaching swimming I still do take a keen interest into the swimming science and performance coaching.

When you have spent a large part of your life dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in one area, that not something that you ever give up. While to the casual observer there might not seem like a a great deal to swimming and coaching swimming it’s actually like most things – the deeper you get into the subject the more layers appear.

While I know a great deal about swimming I know that I’ll never know everything. There are always new developments, particularly in the area of technology, but my interest now is more like that of a hobbyist rather than a professional. I just like to keep my ear to the ground.

I still have frequent contact with old colleagues and they keep me abreast of what’s happening but sometimes they are surprised when I chip in with some new technique or information that they don’t know about. That’s because they don’t know about my secret weapon.

One Foot In The Garden, One Foot In The Pool

Now that I’m retired I have more time on my hands than most swim coaches and one way I spend that time is listening to podcasts. I like to stay active and I tend to keep busy in the garden but while I’m out there pulling weeds I’m often back poolside in my mind because I’m listening to some of the excellent swimming podcasts that are now available.

Shows like Tri Swim Coach by Kevin Koskella and Effortless Swimming by Brenton Ford fill my ears with wonderful tales of swimming of all varieties.

For example last week I listened to the the tales of Chloe McCardel as she was interviewed about how she swam the English channel 6 times! That’s a 21 mile swim! Unbelievable!

Most interesting was listening to Chloe talk about the mindset and personal battles she had to win to achieve this feat. You see, swimming is not only about technique, technique is actually the easy part, mindset is what sets great swimmers apart from average swimmers, whether that’s about enduring a distance swim or enduring the training required to reach greatness.

These struggles have been part of my life, whether it’s a kid learning how not to sink in the water or whether it’s been a young upstart trying to breaking into competitive swimming it’s always about the mental battles.

Swimming Off Into The Sunset

Swimming, is a great metaphor for life. And I have my own battles these days. I stopped coaching and I’m getting older but I’m not ready to sink just yet! That’s why I’ve actually even been thinking about starting my own podcast. I can certainly talk enough and I’d love to interview some swimmers myself.

There are the technical issues of course, I’m not sure if a usb microphone like these ones or an audio interface is best. This guide suggests that an audio interface offers greater flexibility but I don’t know if I need it or not. If any readers out there have some podcasting experience then give me a shout.

So what do you think? Want to here me chat with some professional swimmers? I think it could be fun and will keep me busy. Let me know what you think!

A Supplement That Actually Helps with Muscle Recovery

One of the most frustrating things about getting old is the amount of time that it takes my body to recover from particularly intense workouts. But over the last couple of months I have experimented with a couple of supplements that have made a significant difference in the amount of rest I need between workouts.

What qualifies for a tough workout now is considerably different than what I would’ve considered difficult when I was younger. But young people have a whole host of advantages when it comes to recovering from intense aerobic or anaerobic activity.

Now a vigorous hike or swim will leave me wiped out for the remainder of the day. Back when I was in peak physical condition I could swim all day and then keep going late into the night. So what changes within our bodies as we age.

One of the most significant changes from a hormonal perspective is the drop in production of a hormone called insulin like growth factor. Also known as IGF-1, this hormone has a significant impact on cellular health.

When we enter puberty, the amount of IGF-1 produced within our bodies spikes. This leads to the determination of several important factors from a physical perspective.

One of the most important functions of IGF-1 is to help in cellular repair and regeneration. While we are in puberty the number of muscle cells within our bodies is set in stone. It is different in each individual, but the longer IGF-1 production remains elevated the more muscle cells are produced. As we exit puberty, IGF-1 production drops off substantially. This is why once your body exits puberty, you can no longer add additional muscle cells, only increase the size of existing cells.

Increasing cellular size is called hypertrophy. This is what happens to athletes such as football players, swimmers, and bodybuilders as they continue to push their bodies and muscles to new levels of performance.

What is NOT happening is the growth of NEW muscle cells. This is called hyperplasia. And this is where IGF-1 supplements have been getting a lot of attention. Insulin like growth factor one actually encourages the body to generate new muscle cells.

Anyone in sports can immediately see the benefits of such a supplement. But that is not the only benefit of this hormone. It also causes the rapid uptake of nutrients and energy (in the form of glycogen) by muscle cells. This translates to very rapid recovery from intense forms of exercise such as bodybuilding and CrossFit.

It also has the added benefit of helping muscle cells become less prone to injury.

After reading all of this information I decided to give it a try myself. There are a wide variety of manufacturers of IGF-1. The best source of information is to just perform a quick search with your favorite search engine. You will find a number of websites that list the pros and cons of using these supplements. They will often detail the side effects and other things you should consider before trying them. One such site is Efficient Gains.

Speaking from personal experience though, I have rarely felt better after a workout. My muscles feel more elastic and less prone to injury. It’s definitely worth a try if you’re looking for the ultimate performance boost, or if you just want to regain a bit of your youth.

Boots Instead of Flippers for a Change

It is another bright day. The sky is as clear and blue as the vast ocean. The ocean. The water. Looking back, I can’t think of a day where I am not in water. But it was not love at first sight. In my younger years, the water is my adversary.

I can still recall, when I was seven. Fearless as any other children, brave and stupid enough to accept a dare. To get across a raging river. I almost drowned if not for my uncle who saw my bobbing head on the water. He swam and pulled me out, shaking and taking huge gulps of air. That was my first taste of fear.
Another lick of fear happened when I was eight. My family went camping by the lakeside. Donning my jeans and hiking boots, I looked at the calm lake.

Thinking it harmless, I joined my cousins in catching small fish. But I guess my foe decided to play a trick on me. I slipped on some mud and fell in. Not knowing how to swim, all I can do is flap my hands in panic. My cousins laughed thinking that I was just goofing around. Luckily, my father saw me and again… someone pulled me out of the water, shivering and scared. After bathing and changing into dry clothes, I sat on a safe distance by the lake. Pondering that I can’t let it happen that every time I am in the water someone has to pull me out. Gathering my courage, I stood up and with determination I told my dad, “I will befriend the water. I will learn how to swim.”

It was the start of friendship. I fell in love with the water and swimming that I’ve decided to be a swim coach. It was not easy seeing the fear in some of the eyes of those I trained but my experience and passion helped me to help them conquer their fears. The recognitions and awards I’ve earned are not the best rewards but seeing those children being in the water happy and without fear. Being a swim coach was not an easy profession but I fell in love with the water that I don’t see it as work but as a life’s learning. It was a bond with me and the water.

Now that I’ve retired from being a swim coach, I am laughing at myself. I have never thought that there will come a day that I will be sitting on top of hill, looking at the skies, looking at the trees and nature… looking down at my feet covered in work boots! I am not replacing my love for water with mountain hiking. Let’s just say that I am just giving my flippers some rest. It is somehow funny and comfortable looking at my feet not all wrinkly being immersed in water all day. I am just giving myself some time out of the water before I jump in again.

Broader Horizons – Exploring Away from Water

Since retiring from the poolside, I’ve come to enjoy the wider things in life, even in my later years. Swimming however, has remained my passion, it’s in my bones and it’s something that I will never cease to enjoy. My love for swimming and my new found broadened horizons has lead me to take both of my passions off road and into the wilderness. I’ve swapped the pool for salt water and the home comforts for a tent and hit the road. In a bid to experience more in my later years, open water swimming has opened my eyes to some beautiful landscapes, a sense of tranquility that you can’t find in the concrete jungle of modern day cities, and in truth, it’s made me feel alive.

On a journey to becoming an outdoor enthusiast, I’ve learnt many things. Don’t pee into the wind and not swimming in just my trunks when everyone else is clad in wet-suits are some of the more useful lessons. Yes it blows back, and yes if everyone’s got a wet-suit, it means the water’s freezing. Something that was not expecting to learn however, is the importance of going camping equipped with a decent knife. Now I’m fully on board with the “people shouldn’t carry knives around” bandwagon, they are dangerous and can do some serious damage. However, when they are used for their designed function out in the wilderness, they are seriously useful piece of equipment. I personally was equipped with a Buck Ranger Hunting Knife and a good job I was too.

I used this knife for literally everything when I was without my usual home comforts. Cheap and cheerful at less than $40, this knife was small enough with a blade length of 3.75 inches to be carried in my pocket or in a swimming pouch, but also sturdy enough to manage any task that I found for it. It handle cutting through food, opening packing, gutting a fish and levering my tent ropes out of the ground with ease. It’s versatility was a breath of fresh air and I’d recommend it to anyone and everyone. You can find more information about folding knives over at the Folding Knife HQ website (here), along with some really handy reviews.

I’m really blown away by the quality of these folding knives. Where I’d used a pen knife in my younger years, these folding knives are really a different level of awesome. The blade are stronger, so can handle much more heavy duty work, and they also easy to use and comfortable to hold. As I’m not as strong as I once was, having a longer blade increased my leverage and let me manage all of the tasks I mentioned earlier with ease. A shorter knife would have wobbled, struggled and really be a lot less safe to use. I’m planning a lot more outdoor trips, with Australia’s outback topping the list, it’s safe to say my trusty Buck Ranger Hunting Knife will be the first thing I pack, and most frequent thing I will use. It takes a lot for me to rave about a product, but this knife has well and truly impressed me. You need one.

Redeemable Past with a Former High School Drop Out

Everyone is making the best out of their lives. With years as a swim coach for high school students, a lot is currently happening. There is a twist to life’s events which is a sure ways of addressing the ups and downs of both life and that which you see from the students. After leaving the high school grounds as a professional swim coach, a lot has changed. The lives of the students have also developed in different ways.

One time in the mall, a former swim student who back then had to not only leave the swim team but high school as a whole. This was on the basis that she got pregnant and she had to look for a means to make ends meet. That was the last anyone around the school heard of her. Well, until today. From the look of things, she was not doing badly off. As a friendly gesture, one thing led to another and a conversation spooked up.

Seems like life had a whole lot in store for her. Do not get confused. Everything in store was for the best. Despite her predicament in her high school life, she definitely picked up her pieces and made the best out of life. On the other side, life also embraced her. She delivered a baby boy who is all grown at the age of six now. She also met someone special whom they have been dating and it is working out well. In respect to her dreams, she decided to venture into the medical field as a medical coder.

In an effort to secure this position, she has managed to attain her GED and, her CPC (certified professional coder) certification after training with Billing and Coding U. Not exactly sure what this is all about, she decides to put it down in lay man’s language. Among others in her profession, they are responsible for medical coding in a physician office setting. They employ profitable medical practices. She can now read a medical chart and interpret it in the right manner so as to provide the right patient diagnosis. Sounds like a heavy task but she has it all covered.

Shockingly, it is better than you can imagine for someone who you thought killed her future in achieving any career after falling out of high school. As compared to the individuals with only the GED certification, CPC provides you with a better chance of being employed and at the same time increases your medical billing and coding salary. Her position is also more secure in terms of being retained at the workplace.

Guess life is what you make of it. After the long conversation, her son comes from school and they decide to grab a few things before going home. Her son is amazing and they are doing pretty well. They hold hands and leave for home with her some briefing her on the day’s events. As they walk away, they seem so peaceful. As much as life gives you lemons, consider that as a huddle, skip right through it and make some tasty lemonade.

The Day I Kicked My Kids Out of Our Above Ground Pool

As you all likely know, I’m a huge advocate when it comes to anything related to swimming. I follow and respect nearly everything, just falling short of following suit with the advocacies of Michael Phelps. Water should be in a pool, not a bong!

With that said, it was one of the most ironic and unexpected days of my life last summer. I actually told my kids to exit our pool immediately. As shocking as that is, the reason for kicking them out will shock you even more!

My Pool Increased the Risk of a Dentist Visit

Shocked?

I thought so.

I was too when I first found out. My wife is a dental hygiene nut. She’s one of those people that ends up in trouble with the dentist for brushing too much. She works hard for her perfect smile, and visually it pays off. So, when she tries to pass on proper oral care to the kids, I have to take her side.

The Problem with Our Swimming Pool

We live very busy lives. Our pool gets maintained when we have time to do so. But, we like the luxury of being able to jump in whenever we want. The advised weekly pH monitoring is not something we follow closely. We then had to believe that we may be risking our kid’s oral health by letting them swim in our pool, as we have neglected to maintain it lately.

It all started with my wife being forwarded an article by her aunt, who is working towards becoming a dental hygienist. It was an old Colgate article, which appeared to have surfaced as a result of findings from the American Dental Association. In this article, an explanation was given on how dental erosion is more likely to occur in individuals who use poorly maintained swimming pools. While commercial pools are maintained out of requirement, ours is just maintained out of convenience. So, we were a perfect example of people at higher risk of dental erosion.

The problem was mainly the chemical levels in the pool. Poor maintenance meant these levels were not regulated appropriately. Based on the article, a pH reading between 2.7 and 7 would put people at higher risk of dental erosion. We tested after finding this article and had a 4.6 pH level.

Not good.

What We Did to Fix the Problem

We didn’t do what most parents would do. We actually got rid of the pool. We decided that it was already used infrequently, it was already an inconvenience, and we already had a family pass at a local gym, which had plenty of swimming room. So, it seemed easier and even beneficial for us to just let go of this luxury. We were considering it for a while anyway as having a pool just weighed us down more and more every year.

My wife spoke with one of the dental hygienist schools in our area for details on how to prevent tooth decay from swimming pool water. They were aware of the risks and detailed how many resolved heir issues by simply keeping a closer eye on pH levels of their pool water. Typically, a pH reading of 7.2 to 7.8 is suggested. A reading below this is acidic, making dental erosion more likely.

Best Men’s Cologne For Swimmers

Cologne has become an important part of our daily lives. They are made of water, alcohol and oils that smell lighter than other scents and perfumes. Pool water contains chlorine and other chemicals to keep it safe and hygienic from bacteria but it has an adverse effect and a bad odor for all swimmers that spend many hours in the pool for fun and for sport. After thorough research, we have gotten to know there are special colognes specific for swimmers that smell outstanding and have ability to remove the bad odor from body. But must importantly, when the swimmer leaves the pool, you will still be able to smell the fragrance lightly.

Making the right choice to buy cologne depends on the person and the activities they participate in. A thorough research concluded that colognes are characterized by several types that include: green, floral, Marine-oceanic, Chypre, spicy, oriental and citrus. The best choice for swimmers and men specifically is citrus cologne that smells fresh like lemon leaves. Since swimmers, especially those that compete for sport, spend hours at a time in the pool, the smell of chlorine on their bodies can be pungent. The best colognes to choose after extended time periods in the water once again anything citrusy or woodsy. This should be applied before the swimmer enters the water, or afterwards after a shower or bath.

When going shopping for a specific cologne, there are many ways to do it. First, you can always head to a department store where they will have many different samples so you can take a whiff of something you could be interested in. Secondly, I recommend shopping online for colognes. Online you can find many user recommendations, top lists, and specific contents within the colognes you should be looking for. We have already discussed that you should be looking for something woodsy and citrusy so online databases are the best to help narrow your search by ingredients. With online lists, you can easily find a top 10 cologne post and search through a writers suggestion on which one is best. For example, if you’re looking for a men’s cologne to drive the ladies wild, you can easily just look through and select a cologne you wish to try and purchase it online at a bargain.

Good quality men cologne for swimmers is not expensive and you can find bottles specifically for swimmers from anywhere from $10 – $200 depending on how fancy you want to get. Some of the names of men’s cologne for swimmers that are widely used world wide and are frequently chosen include: Habit Rouge, Timbuktu, New York, Derby, Sycomore, Azzaro Pour Homme, knize Ten, Eau de Guerlain, Pour Monsieur and Ormonde Men. These colognes are all well highly known in the athletic industry and are highly suggested because they contain the citrus smell we have been discussing.

Scientists say that perfumes trigger memory so it is very important to select right cologne for sporty swimmers that could remind them of their selves, their nature, their passion and their mission to succeed. It is not just the matter of smelling good but cologne must smell like you and as you are.

Selecting perfect men’s cologne for swimmers depends on personality of person, his life style and the occasion for which he has to take a decision of which cologne to choose. Well apart from all this, focusing on swimmers and their activities, they have to be in water for much time so it is required that they must have such cologne that keeps them fresh and saves them from harmful effects of chemicals in water.

There are literally hundreds of different types of colognes on the market that can be used for swimmers. The best way to identify which one is for you, is to find a list of the best men’s cologne and find a cologne that sounds appealing and go for it. Most of the articles are very well researched so even if you don’t like it, chances are the cologne is still better than one that you could have chosen if you were to select one blindly. 

Safety Tips for your Pool Party

Now that summer has arrived and the pools are beginning to be opened for the season, it is important that you consider pool safety when you’re throwing a pool party. With the use of safety tips you will be able to ensure that everyone is safe while they are enjoying the water on a hot summer day.

1. Check Water Levels and Chemicals

The most important safety tip for owning a pool and throwing a pool party is to make sure that the pool is safe for swimming. Prior to the party, check your water levels and determine if the correct amount of chemicals are in the pool. If not, maintain the correct levels so that the water is safe for swimming. You can read here for more info.

2. Refrain from Alcohol Consumption

Another important factor to remember is that you shouldn’t consume alcohol while you are swimming. It can be incredibly difficult to wade through water when you are inebriated, therefore being sober is key to having a safe pool party. It is also important to note that when drinking, individuals have the tendency to become more rowdy, thus increasing the change of injuries either inside or outside of the pool. You should consider serving alcohol inside, rather than outside, to minimize swimming while drinking.

Also remember its advisable to leave swimming in the pool for about an hour after eating to avoid stomach cramps. Eating some burgers or smoked steak from your electric smoker before diving into the pool may not be the best idea and should be avoided.

3. Hiring a Lifeguard

This can be quite advantageous if you are hosting a large pool party that consists of mostly children. It can be difficult for the adults to continuously look after children while they are swimming in a pool. Considering that accidents and drowning can occur at any given time, you may want to consider hiring a professional to watch over the pool. Finding an alert and professional lifeguard will provide you and your adult guests with the opportunity to enjoy the evening.

4. Offer Swimming Floats

Although the majority of people assume that they can swim, there are some that cannot. With that being said, offer swimming floats to your guests so that they have the option to feel comfortable while in the deep end, rather than staying in the shallow end. Children can also benefit from the use of floats as they can learn how to swim with them on. It is important to first teach the children how to properly use the floats.

5. No Poolside Sports

Running and slipping is the main way for your guests to get injured. Ensure that you are not promoting any sports activities outside of the pool. This will help to minimize the risk for injuries. Also try to keep BBQ grills away from the pool side as any horse play from in and around the pool could be potentially dangerous and collision with a hot grill could result in a nasty accident.

4 Factors To Consider When Choosing The Best Type Of Car For The Elderly

More often than not, many people will ask what the best types of cars are for the old folks. One thing that is certain in life is growing old. At this stage in life, we become weak physically. The energy and strength we had a few years back continues to decline. Driving becomes more challenging hence the need to look for a suitable car. The following are some factors that come to mind when choosing a car for older drivers.

1. Access

As we age, our physical and bone structure becomes weak. We no longer are able to hop in or out of a vehicle as we would a few decades ago. The right car should have good “hip point” access. This is basically the height from the ground to the hip. A low or high hip point makes it difficult to enter or exit a car. Normally, Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) have the best hip point. Good cars include Subaru Forester and Toyota Rav 4.

Older drivers may take a while to enter a vehicle. They stand the risk of getting hit by the door while trying to enter the car. One way of minimizing the inconvenience or risk of injury is going for cars that have a mechanism that keeps the door open for a longer period. Cars such as Mercedes-Benz (CLS and S class), BMW 7 series, and Volvo XC60 employ a hydraulic system.

2. Price and Comfort

When choosing a car for the elderly, many people will either sacrifice comfort for economy or vice versa. The two aspects should be balanced. Since most don’t have a regular income, they may find it wise to settle for a car that is easy to maintain and service. Also, though affordable, the car should provide maximum comfort for daily usage. Good choices include Honda CR-V, Subaru Forrester, Kia Sportage, Ford Focus and Suzuki Alto.

3. Good Visibility

Excellent visibility is crucial. The right car should offer clear and unobstructed view all around the vehicle. The driver won’t need to raise his head or constantly adjust the rear view and side mirrors to see the road ahead or behind. In addition, the control buttons will be placed at points that are easily reachable. Good car types include Honda Odyssey, Kia Rondo, Honda Accord, and Ford Taurus.

4. Safety

Generally, older drivers are more likely to get injured during small incidences or rough driving conditions. It is thus necessary to consider cars that have advanced safety features. These may include forward collision braking, lane departure warning, air bags all over the car; power assisted braking system and more. Notable models include Subaru Outback and Liberty, Cadillac SRX, Mercedes-Benz E-class, and Volvo XC60 among others.

The aging population is increasing while the younger generation is declining. This means the older generation lacks sufficient support from the young people. Therefore, it only makes sense to make cars that are adapted to their needs. In fact, car manufacturers are giving special attention to the requirements of older drivers. Good maneuverability, comfort, easy access, and safety are some key factors car manufactures consider when designing the best type of car for older drivers.

Top 5 Tips for Swim Coaching Success

As a former over-the-hill swim coach, I always get asked tips for swim coaching success. If you are just beginning in coaching, the tips below would help you develop a solid practice.

* Empathize with your swimmers

As a coach, you must always be there for your swimmers. You must rejoice with them when they win and encourage them when they don’t perform to expectation. You must teach the athletes how to cope with failure and embrace the never-ending path to constant improvement and growth.

* Stay Up to Date

Always try to learn what the latest developments, coaching methods and technological resources are. But beware of swallowing them hook, line and sinker. Only incorporate scientific coaching trends that have stood the ‘test of time’ into your program.

* Be Known for Something Specific

The best advice I can give to new coaches is “be known for something specific”. When you first start coaching a group of kids, it can seem incredibly overpowering and tough to decide where to start and how to have everyone be successful. In picking a skill, stroke, or race element to shine at, you’re able to gain some concentration and move the group as a whole toward a mutual objective. You as the coach get to become excellent in that area and you and your team gains confidence in their skills because of their brilliance in that area.

The skill can be as simple as first breath second stroke or as intricate as a specific race plan implementation. Decide as the coach what you excel at instructing and what you believe is key to fast racing and help your kids be as passionate about that part of their sport as you are. As you grow with your program be prepared to grow your concentration, before you know it, you’ll be an expert in lots of modules of this sport and you’ll have some remarkable results.

* Take the Nutrition of Your Athletes Seriously

Coaches should emphasize the importance of good nutrition to the success of their athletes. Instead of consuming sweets, fructose, and glucose, a healthy athlete’s diet should consist of water and nutritional snacks (which must be taken 30 minutes after their last event to enable the body to digest it before going to bed on your favorite mattress). Sleeping well is critical to overall health while a minimum of 8 glasses a day will get rid of the waste that needs to be cleared from the athletes bodies for peak performance.

* Have Patience

Having patience will save you from headaches on your journey to becoming a world-class swim coach. Patiently learn all the basics of swim coaching just as you did when you were in the pool swimming! Remember that these skills didn’t develop overnight as a swimmer and they certainly won’t as a coach, either. There’s so much more to being a swim coach than just understanding swimming. So, be patient with yourself and you will definitely get there.