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Back To Basics – Single Arm Drill

Back To Basics – Single Arm Drill

Well another season bites the dust.  This doesn’t mean that you can go and hibernate until the warmer months arrive.  Now is the perfect time to keep moving in the water and to get back to some fundamental basics.  Winter is the perfect time to keep moving, it keeps you healthy and generally keeps the bugs away. What do I mean by fundamental basics?  Well by the end of the season people have been flogging themselves...

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Parent Versus Child

Parent Versus Child

I have been involved with swimming for along time, nearly 30 years.  I have seen a lot around the pool deck when conducting swimming lessons yet some things still cease to astound me. Children work out very quickly what sort of behavior will get them what they want, quite often this will include bad behavior and tantrums.  This bad behavior is often allowed because parents give in due to being tired, frustrated or even embarrassed. ...

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Water Aerobics: The Beginners Guide To Jumping In!

Water Aerobics: The Beginners Guide To Jumping In!

Alright, we understand that the very word ‘aerobics’ might make your heart rate take a giant leap, but give us a chance to explain why water aerobics is one of the best exercise routines for all ages and walks of life! Here are a few quick facts on the benefits of this low-impact, high calorie burning workout routine: Just one hour of water aerobics can burn anywhere from 450 to 790 calories! If you are combining it with a...

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Olympic Swim Team Report

Olympic Swim Team Report

Like the rest of the country I was disappointed by the results founded by the report of our Olympic swim team. Australian swimming has been hit with two damning reports revealing athletes breached team rules relating to alcohol, prescription drugs, bullying and team curfews during the 2012 London Olympic Games in incidents described as “culturally toxic”. As a coach I was furious and saddened that our great sport has been...

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Support & Encouragement Goes a Long Way

Support & Encouragement Goes a Long Way

For those with school aged children, the swimming carnivals are in full swing again, all trying their little hearts out and wondering if they have the goods to be an Olympic champion one day. So what’s mum and dad’s role in all this? Simple, you clap and cheer loudly, encourage them whether they win, lose or draw!! It’s not your role to criticise. Kids already know if they have had a bad race and need to know you love them regardless...

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Training With Coach Spence

Training With Coach Spence

So we all know coach Spence, each week offering us great technical advice and handy tips on swimming, swimming techniques, swim schools, swim safety and much more.  I have known Coach Spence for a while now and over this time, either herself or her staff have hounded me to come and try a squad swimming session with Coach Spence, so after months of harassment, all in a good way, I finally decided to stop talking about it and go. In all my...

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