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Case Study: Can Open Water Swimming Help Treat Depression?

Posted on Sep 25, 2018 10:21:43 PM by Laura Dravenstott in open water swimming, in triathlete, in Healthy benefits, in Swimming Community

A recent case study reported in the British Medical Journal and subsequently made into an episode of the BBC documentary series, “The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs,” describes how a 24-year-old mother eliminated her medications for major depressive disorder and anxiety over a period of four months as she began a program of weekly swimming in cold water. But could cold water swimming really help treat depression?

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SwimLabs' Mike Mann Breaks World Records!

Posted on Sep 18, 2018 3:41:04 PM by Laura Dravenstott in Mike Mann, in World Records, in Masters Swimming, in competitive swimming, in open water swimming

August’s Missy Medal for Achievement went to SwimLabs co-founder Michael Mann for setting not one, not two, but three world records at the Masters’ Summer National Meet in Mission Viejo, California. Along with Colorado teammates Craig Petersen, Kirk Andersen, and Greg C. Scott, Michael set a new world record in the (combined ages) 240-279 400-meter Medley Relay. They beat the previous record by 4.53 seconds in a time of 4:32.15.

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SwimLabs Curriculum Enhancement

Posted on Sep 17, 2018 11:14:51 AM by Laura Dravenstott in curriculum, in adult swim lessons, in Swimming lessons, in Teaching Swim Lessons

Streamline Brands is excited to announce the rollout of our enhanced learn to swim curriculum across our family of swim schools: Swimtastic, SafeSplash, and SwimLabs. With a refined emphasis on safety, stroke technique and making swim lessons fun, our enhanced curriculum and true skill progression deliver clear value to students and parents. These attributes, along with our revamped instructor training, teaching aids and technologies, differentiate our swim schools from the rest of the learn to swim market.

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Swim Across America Follow-up: Tara Friedman, Heather Rodriguez

Posted on Sep 14, 2018 5:00:59 PM by Laura Dravenstott in Swim Across America, in competitive swimming, in Swim Tips, in triathlon, in training

SwimLabs was a sponsor of the inaugural Swim Across America - Denver event which raised over $200,000 for Children’s Hospital Colorado.  A grand total of 250 swimmers, 16 Olympians, and countless volunteers helped make this first Denver swim a success.

The biggest individual fundraiser for the event was Tara Friedman, an employee of Children’s Hospital, who raised over $12,000 for her 5k swim. Tara’s accomplishment is even more remarkable given that she started swimming lessons less than two years ago, when her four-year-old son was taking lessons at SwimLabs. 

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Out in Front: Mary Carey's Ultra 520k, Penticton, British Columbia

Posted on Aug 31, 2018 5:40:14 PM by Laura Dravenstott in triathlete, in endurance, in competitive swimming, in SwimLabs

We ask Mary Carey how she prepared for her 3-day ultra-endurance event in the Ultra 520k in what was recently held in Canada. Mary Carey is a USA Triathlon Certified Coach at In Transition Coaching Services, LLC and a Level 2 Instructor at SwimLabs, Highlands Ranch.  Laura Dravenstott is a Level 2 Instructor at SwimLabs, Highlands Ranch.

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Define Success

Posted on Aug 17, 2018 5:53:39 PM by Laura Dravenstott in U.S. Swimming National Championships, in Missy Franklin, in success, in competitive swimming, in Swimming Community

“It’s one thing to inspire all these little girls by winning a bunch of medals. That’s easy. But it’s another thing entirely to be an inspiration when things aren’t exactly going your way.”

Missy Franklin, Relentless Spirit: The Unconventional Raising of a Champion

Few people describe winning a bunch of medals, especially gold medals, as Missy did at the 2012 London Olympics, as “easy.” It’s difficult to win a race at any meet, let alone in the most competitive swim meet in the world. Despite the difficulty and the rarity of winning or setting a record, the swimming world and American culture as a whole glorify winning, setting records, making PR’s, sustaining dominance. A definition of success based on fast times and victories can be seductive but also dangerous to a swimmer’s well-being, as Isabelle Robuck explains in “Defining Success Beyond Fast Times and Medals Just Might Save Your Swimming Career (and Life)”.

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Top 5 things I learned from U.S. Swimming Nationals

Posted on Aug 9, 2018 6:27:28 PM by Karin Olmsted in Swimming Community, in olympian, in competitive swimming, in U.S. Swimming National Championships

On the return to “desk -life” from the “deck-life” after a week in Irvine, CA, watching US Swimming Nationals, I reflected on five life-long and valued lessons that swimming has imparted to me.

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Swim Across America, Swim Tips

Posted on Aug 8, 2018 6:34:06 PM by Laura Dravenstott in open water swimming, in Swim Across America, in charity, in Swimming tips from an instructor

As a follow up to our blog on the inaugural Denver event for Swim Across America (August 26 at Chatfield Reservoir), SwimLabs brings you two videos with open water swim tips.

The first video, with by Olympic Triathlete Susan Williams, discusses “swimming with fish” and other ways that an open water swim may be different than a pool swim. In the Chatfield reservoir, near Denver, we have small fish and birds that are not dangerous, but may startle a swimmer who isn’t used to swimming outdoors. Little fish and diving ducks may appear underneath the athlete, and moss or water plants may brush hands or feet, but there’s nothing to worry about. It’s helpful just to know that the possibility exists for a “wildlife encounter.”

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Swim Across America, Denver

Posted on Aug 3, 2018 3:08:59 PM by Laura Dravenstott in charity, in Swim Across America, in SwimLabs, in Mike Mann, in Missy Franklin

Swimlabs & Children's Hospital of Colorado Team Up to Raise Money for Pediatric Cancer Research

SwimLabs Highlands Ranch is proud to be a sponsor of the inaugural Swim Across America, Denver, open water swim at Chatfield Reservoir. The swim, which offers Balloon Splash, 1/2-mile, 1-mile and 5k distances, will occur the morning of August 26, 2018. The 5k swim (first wave) begins at 9am. SwimLabs founder, Mike Mann, is on the organizing committee, chaired by longtime SwimLabs friend, Nicole Vanderpoel. Proceeds from the swim will benefit Children’s Hospital of Colorado in support of pediatric cancer research.

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Missy Franklin Gives Heartfelt Interview After U.S. Nationals Swim Meet

Posted on Jul 31, 2018 1:07:57 PM by SwimLabs in U.S. Swimming National Championships, in Missy Franklin, in Swimming Community, in competitive swimming, in olympian, in freestyle

SwimSwam interviews an emotional Missy Franklin still determined and focused on Tokyo 2020!

As a 5-time Olympic gold medalist who has broken multiple world records during her swimming career, Missy Franklin has had to face the pressure and expectations that go along with being one of the sport's swimming superstars. It was also her first time swimming in a U.S. meet since 2016. She trained and swam hard but finished at a disappointing 17th and 19th place in the 100 (55.33) and 200 free (1:59.25). In an interview after her races, Missy showed she was not going to let this performance deter her from higher aspirations and displayed a warrior's spirit and an inspiring level of professionalism even through a sometimes shaky voice.

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SwimLabs Highlands Ranch Awarded USA Swimming Foundation Grant

Posted on Jul 27, 2018 9:01:45 AM by SwimLabs in USA Swimming, in Underprivileged children, in fundraiser, in learn to swim, in Swimming lessons, in make a difference

USA Swimming Foundation awards a number of grants to learn-to-swim programs around the country in efforts to bring swimming lessons and water safety to underprivileged communities. It's estimated 16,000 children will be given the chance to take swimming lessons at no cost to them. SwimLabs Highlands Ranch was the recipient of one of these grants. Here we have Brooke Mann from the Highlands Ranch location detail the experience.

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Don't Miss the 2018 U.S. National Championships!

Posted on Jul 23, 2018 6:07:11 PM by SwimLabs in U.S. Swimming National Championships, in olympian, in Swimming Community, in Missy Franklin

The 2018 U.S. National Championships begin this Wednesday, July 25th! Whether you are rooting for Missy Franklin, Katie Ledecky, or your local hero, the best of the best are gearing up to leave one another in their wake at the biggest U.S. meet of the year! With some help from SwimSwam.com we've got you covered on where to go to tune in!

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Practice Tips for Intermediate Swimmers

Posted on Jul 13, 2018 5:11:48 PM by Laura Dravenstott in Swimming tips from an instructor, in Practice, in swmming lessons

In this blog post, we’ll discuss necessary gear, practice tips, and exercises for intermediate swimmers.

Swim gear can be simple: a suit, towel, sunscreen, goggles (refer to blog “Tips for Beginners” for more information on goggles) and a swim cap for those with long hair. Remember, it’s still important to swim where a lifeguard is present or to always have another person in the water or close by.

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IRONMAN + SwimLabs Event at SwimLabs Westchester

Posted on Jul 6, 2018 5:04:20 PM by Laura Dravenstott in Ironman, in triathlete, in triathlon, in Westchester, in SwimLabs

SwimLabs Westchester (Elmsford, NY) hosted an IRONMAN + SwimLabs Event on June 16, 2018, with professional triathlete Laurel Wassner and local triathlon coach Jeff Boyer. Wassner is a survivor of Hodgkin's Lymphoma and is the first cancer survivor to become a professional triathlete. She won her first pro race in a breakthrough performance in 2010 at the Columbia Triathlon and has since finished ten IRONMAN triathlons and competed at the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, in 2015 and 2016.  

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Swim Lessons: Finding the Right Fit For You and Your Swimmer

Posted on Jul 5, 2018 6:00:00 AM by SwimLabs in Swimming tips from an instructor, in Swimming lessons

Summer is in full swing and swim lessons are in demand! Some parents begin their methodical search in March and others frantically search for any openings in June. Either way, it isn’t an easy process and it can be stressful for parents and kids when it doesn’t go well. We regularly hear the stories of parents who have spent way too much money and way too much time on lessons AND their kids still struggle to swim. So, what should parents look for in an effective swim program?

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CPR: History and How To - Part 2

Posted on Jul 3, 2018 10:52:43 AM by Laura Dravenstott in CPR, in water safety tips, in safety

Though there are many organizations that review the steps of CPR and ECC (Emergency Cardiovascular Care), the basic steps are consistent. Training is always recommended, but it’s noteworthy that “The American Heart Association recommends that everyone — untrained bystanders and medical personnel alike — begin CPR with chest compressions.  It's far better to do something than to do nothing at all if you're fearful that your knowledge or abilities aren't 100 percent complete. Remember, the difference between your doing something and doing nothing could be someone's life.”  - MayoClinic.org 

Here is advice on how to perform CPR from the American Heart Association (as listed on the Mayo Clinic site):

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Mike Mann Mondays: A Day in the Life of a Swim School Owner

Posted on Jul 2, 2018 10:35:59 AM by Dorian Capers in Mike Mann, in Swimming tips from an instructor, in Swim Team, in swimming goals, in competitive swimming, in Swimming Community

In this segment, we ask Master's Swimmer, World Record Holder, and humble SwimLabs Co-Founder, Mike Mann his insights on the sport and swimming news happening around the world!

This Week's Question:

What's a day in the life of a swim school owner like?

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CPR: History and How To - Part 1

Posted on Jun 28, 2018 9:37:38 AM by Laura Dravenstott in CPR, in water safety tips, in safety

As summer moves into high gear with many families participating in water activities, it’s important to remember water safety and lifesaving measures. One important life-saving skill is Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation or CPR. CPR is most commonly used in the event of cardiac arrest and/or drowning, and it allows a bystander to manually help circulate oxygenated blood throughout the body of the injured person, preserving brain function until medical help arrives. It’s a basic but proven first aid skill used throughout the world, saving approximately 92,000 lives each year.

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SwimLabs Stories: Forty Minutes

Posted on Jun 26, 2018 5:06:03 PM by Rachel Petersen in training, in race, in technique, in SwimLabs

Why SwimLabs? Forty minutes.  I cut forty minutes off of my 10k swim after working at SwimLabs.  

My stroke dramatically improved as I eliminated inefficiencies. I incorporated a two beat kick. For the longer distance, this helped save energy. I had a few lessons at SwimLabs and Mike helped me add more reach, power, and rotation to my stroke. As I practiced and when I raced, I cycled through the list, e.g. reach, finish, and quick breath, so that my overall stroke improved.  

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Mike Mann Mondays: Combining or Splitting Swimming Programs

Posted on Jun 18, 2018 6:00:00 AM by Dorian Capers in Mike Mann, in Swimming tips from an instructor, in competitive swimming, in Swimming Community

In this segment, we ask Master's Swimmer, World Record Holder, and humble SwimLabs Co-Founder, Mike Mann his insight on the sport and swimming news happening around the world!

This Week's Question:

SwimSwam reports -  “The University of Florida has split its men’s and women’s swim & dive programs, promoting former assistants Anthony Nesty and Jeff Poppell to head the men’s and women’s programs, respectively. …The split programs go against the current of NCAA programs, which have seen far more teams combining previously single-gender programs than splitting previously combined programs.”

Mike, can you give us context to this event? Why would a university team decide to split their program? 

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Ironman & SwimLabs: Introduction to the Triathlon Part II

Posted on Jun 8, 2018 4:00:29 PM by Laura Dravenstott in Ironman, in triathlon, in training, in Swimming Community

To celebrate SwimLabs’ partnership with Ironman, we’re posting a series of blogs on triathlon training at SwimLabs. The first blog is an interview with Louis Cicchino, a top-ranked amateur triathlete and triathlon coach / owner at Accelero Endurance. Louis has a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Metro State University, a Certified Training Certificate from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and is a USA Triathlon Certified Coach. Louis is also an instructor at SwimLabs Highlands Ranch and conducts open water clinics at Grant Ranch. Interviewer Laura Dravenstott is an instructor at SwimLabs. This is part II of the interview. Find part I here!

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Practice Tips and Exercises for Beginner Swimmers

Posted on Jun 4, 2018 1:48:45 PM by Laura Dravenstott in Swimming tips from an instructor, in Practice, in improving swimming skills

With the onset of summer, we head back to the pool, excited to get wet and cool off but struggling to remember what gear to bring and which skills to practice first. In this blog post, we’ll discuss necessary gear, practice tips, and exercises for beginning swimmers.

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Ironman & SwimLabs: Introduction to the Triathlon

Posted on Jun 1, 2018 5:13:48 PM by Laura Dravenstott in Ironman, in triathlete, in training tools

To celebrate SwimLabs’ partnership with Ironman, we’re posting a series of blogs on triathlon training at SwimLabs. The first blog is an interview with Louis Cicchino, a top-ranked amateur triathlete and triathlon coach / owner at Accelero Endurance. Louis has a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Metro State University, a Certified Training Certificate from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and is a USA Triathlon Certified Coach. Louis is also an instructor at SwimLabs Highlands Ranch and conducts open water clinics at Grant Ranch. Interviewer Laura Dravenstott is an instructor at SwimLabs.

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What I Remember Most About Swimming in the 70s and 80s - Part III

Posted on May 23, 2018 4:15:02 PM by Susan Rapp-von der Lippe in kids swimming, in Feel good, in competitive swimming

Never Say Never

My first race, and I thought my last, occurred in the summer of 1971 when I was six years old and living at West Point, NY with my family. My older sisters both were swimming with the West Point swim team and had recruited me to join them at a swim meet hosted by the Newburgh Jaycees.

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Mike Mann Mondays: Taking Care of Your Body

Posted on May 21, 2018 1:20:08 PM by Dorian Capers in Mike Mann, in Swimming tips from an instructor, in competitive swimming, in Swimming Community, in swimming health tips

In this segment, we ask Master's Swimmer, World Record Holder, and humble SwimLabs Co-Founder, Mike Mann his insight on the sport and swimming news happening around the world!

This Week's Question:

Swimmers often swim in chlorinated pools or open water if they swim open water events. I also know while swimming you may be more likely to get sunburns even in water. What are some of the things you do as dedicated swimmers to protect your skin and hair from these elements? 

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Mike Mann Mondays: What is Summer League Swim Team?

Posted on May 14, 2018 11:38:11 AM by Dorian Capers in Mike Mann, in Swimming tips from an instructor, in Swim Team, in swimming goals, in competitive swimming, in Swimming Community

In this segment, we ask Master's Swimmer, World Record Holder, and humble SwimLabs Co-Founder, Mike Mann his insight on the sport and swimming news happening around the world!

This Week's Question:

Summer swim team season is here! Athletes of all ages are ready to show the successes of their practice in friendly and competitive swimming meets. I thought we’d kick off the season with a Mike Mann Monday on the topic! Mike helps me understand the scope of the summer swim team by answering a series of questions on the subject.

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SwimLabs Celebrates: May is National Water Safety Month!

Posted on May 10, 2018 6:09:54 PM by Jaime Zilverberg in water safety tips, in Pool Safety Tips, in National Water Safety Awareness Month

Summer is almost here! Vacations are on the horizon and summer activities are just around the bend. Growing up, we loved our water balloon fights, riding our bikes, and the abundant barbecues and delicious foods synonymous with a kid's favorite time of year. For a lot of people, summer means water activities! Whether it's the pool, the reservoir, the beach, or the lake, water activities and water safety go hand in hand. May is National Water Safety Month and we'd like to give you some helpful tips to keep you and your little ones safe!

This summer, remember to follow these important safety tips:

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Mike Mann Mondays: Katie Ledecky & Going Pro

Posted on May 7, 2018 5:00:00 AM by Dorian Capers in olympian, in Olympics, in college, in competitive swimming, in Swimming Community

In this segment, we ask Master's Swimmer, World Record Holder, and humble SwimLabs Co-Founder, Mike Mann his insight on the sport and swimming news happening around the world!

This Week's Question:

Katie Ledecky is one of the greatest swimmers still competing and recently 'went pro'. People associated with swimming but unfamiliar with the rules here are wondering, what does ‘turning pro’ really mean (in this context)?

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What I Remember Most About Swimming in the 70s and 80s - Part II

Posted on Apr 25, 2018 5:39:21 PM by Susan Rapp-von der Lippe in kids swimming, in Feel good, in competitive swimming

Jello fingers, Roy Rogers, and Cap’n Crunch

Oh, the stories Starlit swimmers can tell! I swam during the glory years of Starlit Aquatic Club located outside of Washington, DC in the 1970s and 80s. Nutrition was a different beast back then. Although good nutritional advice was abundant, to a teenage swimmer starving after a 10,000 meter workout or a three-day meet, I ate nearly everything and anything. Perhaps my swimming suffered and I didn’t quite make it to my full athletic potential, but it sure was memorable.

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What I Remember Most About Swimming in the 70s and 80s

Posted on Apr 6, 2018 5:56:19 PM by Susan Rapp-von der Lippe in passion for swimming, in kids swimming, in Feel good

Pea Green Pools and Plopping Insulation

Starlit Aquatic Club in Fairfax, VA was my swim club through the 70s and 80s. I progressed through the ranks from a skinny, mediocre eight-year-old to an internationally ranked collegiate swimmer with this club. What fond memories that place and coaching staff provided to me and my three sisters as well as hundreds of other athletes in northern Virginia.

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Before They Were Winners, They Were Beginners

Posted on Mar 23, 2018 5:24:35 PM by Dorian Capers in kids, in olympian, in competitive swimming, in swimming goals

Did you know that when he was young, Michael Phelps was afraid of having water on his face? The old saying, "You have to start somewhere", has always rung true. Sometimes it is easy to forget that every amazing athlete, no matter their current prestige, started as a beginner and understanding how preliminary steps, lessons, and small time races can build to the world record shattering results is its own challenge for wouldbe superstars.  If you are just starting out, when the going gets tough, you might just need some inspiration. Here are 3 videos from USA Swimming and The Olympic Channel that tug the heartstrings and remind us that behind every champion is a story of a kid with a dream.

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Swim Skill Tips: Start Now For Race Performance This Season

Posted on Mar 16, 2018 5:31:24 PM by Melissa Mantak, Elite Swim Coach in Swim Tips, in Swimming tips from an instructor, in race, in summer swim camp, in Swim Team

In my work, teaching and coaching go hand in hand. I teach skills and coach how to apply them over time to reach your goals and dreams. When asked about how to improve open water swim performance in a race, my first question is: are you optimizing your pool time now?

Fitness will only take you so far. By improving your skill, strength, and speed in the pool now, you increase your success on race day. Here are 8 tips to implement in your training:

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SwimLabs Interviews: An ADHD Behavior Specialist

Posted on Mar 2, 2018 5:15:35 PM by Megan Rankin in healthy brain functions, in Health, in children learning

SwimLabs Orange County had an ADHD behavioral specialist come out to speak to our staff a couple weeks ago. We interviewed her afterwards for some additional information! Here are their answers below!

{Disclaimer: The following information is informative and is in no way advice in behavior management therapy, nor in diagnosing. The following are tools and examples that I have learned in my training under the supervisor of a Physician / BCBA.}

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College Searches – Keeping Your Sanity

Posted on Feb 13, 2018 7:00:00 AM by Susan Rapp-von der Lippe in college, in Parenting Tips, in olympian, in Swimming Community

This mom knows all too well the stresses of helping a son and daughter with their college decision.

Academics, location, swim program, division level, team dynamics, and overall college cost kept me up many nights. I don’t remember my college search being quite so stressful but then again, that was 1983 and I was being recruited by a few top swimming programs. My parents lucked out with four of their girls receiving full swimming scholarships and a brother attending West Point. Nowadays, colleges are twice the cost (or more), and there are vastly more great athletes vying for coveted scholarships.

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Straight from the Source: Why Moms Love SwimLabs

Posted on Feb 7, 2018 11:45:00 AM by Jen Kawasaki in Swimming lessons in Littleton, in Parenting Experiences, in swim lesson testimonial, in SwimLabs, in Love

Day one – “I love the SwimLabs! When can I come back?”

Lance started taking lessons atSwimLabs Littleton in the summer of 2017. The amount of difference in his stroke equates to years of private lessons. The coaches are fantastic! They are so knowledgeable and take the time to really connect with each student no matter the skill level.

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SwimLabs Story: Fitting Goggles

Posted on Jan 19, 2018 3:48:28 PM by Instructor Asami in Goggles, in competitive swimming, in Swimming tips from an instructor, in swimming lessons in orange county

Do you have questions about how to find the right fitting goggles? Do you know what to look for?

Worry not! Instructor Asami from SwimLabs Orange County has some helpful tips!

Working in a store specifically for competitive swimming in Southern California can be an eye opener, even for someone like me who has spent the last 2 decades poolside. It’s like a whole different world of educating parents about swimming. One of the main things (besides learning how a suit should fit) is fitting goggles. Swimming without goggles can seem like a “Truth or Dare” challenge but not having the right pair can be even harder.

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Jason Lezak Visits SwimLabs Sandy

Posted on Jan 8, 2018 1:10:52 PM by SwimLabs in olympian, in champions clinic, in competitive swimming, in SwimLabs Sandy, in jason lezak

Jason Lezak, Olympic Gold Medalist, hosted Champions Clinics January 6th and 7th at SwimLabs Sandy in Utah. Local News was on hand covering the event as well!

After winning the "I Swim Because" contest last summer and holding an event with Olympic Gold Medalist, Missy Franklin, SwimLabs Sandy brings another Gold Medalist to their pools.

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