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SYNERGY IN THE LESSON



Today the students were two 8-year old girls. I learned that we created great synergy by my goof-up which positioned both girls at the pool at the same time for the same lesson (instead of one-on-one lessons). We had more…

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FULL EXTENSION



Learned LOTS today because the student was me and the teacher was Total Immersion Swimming Guru, Terry Laughlin.  What a treat!  My focus is to enter the water sooner, hand down and then extend down (in a curve with intention). …

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AGAINST THE FLOW



It seemed like the dreaded request, a mom asks for a lesson for her young daughter who doesn’t put her face in the water. She’s had plenty of lessons but doesn’t really like it, though she likes mermaids.  Couldn’t ignore…

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BEST TRAINING TOOL YET



My focus was on the advanced swimmer when I reviewed my new Speedo Nemesis fins for SwimOutlet.com.  The fins help you find the 2-beat kick and use your whole body correctly.  Even my hand/arm placement improved when doing the crawl…

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HANDY WAY TO ADDRESS FEAR



Today my students were 7 and 10 year old siblings.  They both were comfortable in the water and we quickly covered bobbing, treading, stroke basics, the survival float, and even elementary back stroke.  They were getting ready for another summer…

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BALANCE IS KEY



Today’s students were extra tough, a couple who have been medal winners in the state Senior Olympics for years and strong swimmers for many decades.  On top of that they are my neighbors and dear friends of 20+ years.  What focal…

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FIND THE MELODY



Today’s student, a 63-year old who never learned how to swim, on her third lesson . . . she told me that she knew she “got” the arm stroke when she heard its melody.  Wow.  Look how smoothly she’s moving…

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UNCUP THE HAND



Today’s student, a 48-year old, fit female athlete, shared a great insight.  After explaining to her why it’s unnecessary to cup your hand as you stroke, she said to me, “Even though I don’t know how to swim, I hold onto…

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EASY COMBO LOCKS



After swimming, especially if chlorine got your eyes, it is HARD to read the little numbers on the combination lockers we use to secure our clothes and personal items at public facilities.  Thankfully Master Locks recognized our limitations and created a speed dial lock that allows…

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RELAX



A fit athlete spend the weekend with me for a swim intensive. The first night we saw a pool buddy who gave the best advice, “The most important part of swimming is to RELAX.”  So true. You can see from this…

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