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Coach's Corner

Tips and Advice
Feb 10, 2011, 5:42 pm

Our strategy for coaching is to work through a cycle of plans that build swimmers up to peak at the Dorset County Championships in late January and then again later in the Swimming Calender depending on where their level of achievement is at.  The faster swimmers will peak again for the Regional Competitions in mid to late May and our emerging competitve Swimmers will peak again at the end of season Dorset Development Meet, which takes place around the first week of July.


Throughout these times we participate in friendly galas and Open Meets that are open to all our members, including Novice League galas, which are open to swimmers aged 14 and under as of 31/12/22; Jurassic League Galas, which are open to all our members; and for the first time in 2021 we competed in the Arena League Galas in a combined Team Effort with Wareham Swim Club. 


Our aim as a club is simply to develop swimmers to be the best they can be and to provide a fun and friendly atmosphere that encourages everyone to take part and try their best no matter what their level of achievement.  Our range of absolute novices to Regional and now National Level swimmers is a testament to the team of volunteers and parents that tirelessly work to help us achieve this goal.


As Head Coach, my simple message to the swimmers themselves is this:


  • Don't worry how well others do, try your best and you will be the best you can be!


  • Always remember to bring a drink to your swimming sessions - just 2% dehydration of the body can lead to a performance loss of up to 20%.


  • Remember also that eating well (and healthily!) and getting a good night's sleep are as important as putting in your best effort during training.


  • Remember to stream-line every time you get in the water - from a dive; into and out of a turn; and in your stroke!


  • Listen carefully and respect your coach - he or she is a willing volunteer giving up their time and knowledge to help you become a better swimmer.


  • Above all else it is important to enjoy your swimming, so please make the most of the opportunity that the volunteer coaches give up their free time to help you with and don't be afraid to cross-train and mix your swimming with other sports - swimming is probably the best sport for cross-training and you will benefit from this in swimming itself and in any of the other sports you take part in.