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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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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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