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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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Happy Holidays!!!

Happy Holidays Water Babies!!! To everyone have a safe and happy holiday season and all the very best for a prosperous and amazing 2013.   A time to reflect and a time to set new goals and follow your inspirations into a new year in the water whatever they may be. Thank you to Melissa and the great team at the Swimwear Shack for allowing me to blog for them and hope that my weekly messages have helped someone out there have a better...

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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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Attitude Is Everything!

Attitude Is Everything!

Hello Everybody, What’s that saying?…..”the better your attitude the higher the altitude!” Life throws us curve balls all the time and the beauty in playing sport and training is the strength and knowledge it can give us to handle different situations.  Take swimming for example, kids have to learn new skills and drills to improve their swimming, then the training get s a little tougher and training programs get more involved...

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Frustrated With Swimming Lessons?

Frustrated With Swimming Lessons?

Dear all frustrated parents, I completely feel your pain. This week saw me getting into the pool to teach fully clothed with my frustration.  Never a good look when the boss has to get in I can assure you, but I was passable. When conducting school swim programs you’ve always got kids that are having lessons elsewhere and the poor little ones do get confused sometimes because you might do things different to what they are used too.  My...

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Starting A Swim Training Plan.

Starting A Swim Training Plan.

Hello all you water babies out there!! Let’s say you decide you want to do the swimming leg of a triathlon or do the whole thing!!  Go for it I say!  The great news about swimming is that it will condition the body for the other 2 legs of the triathlon, cycle and run.  However they won’t  help your swimming. Planning ahead is key, start with a simple routine and build gradually.   With the swim it’s good to get advice from a...

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Keep Safe…

Keep Safe…

During the past few weeks I’ve been giving you the tips for progression at learning freestyle in the pool. You can buy a DVD called “Teach Your Child Freestyle in 9 Simple Steps” that will demonstrate the progressions for you to follow and lots of handy tips for parents.   Safety at Home, Pools and the Beach This week I just wanted to remind mums and dads about teaching kids the safety signs to watch for when around water. As...

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