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Swim Across America, Swim Tips

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

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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Practice Tips for Intermediate Swimmers

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

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

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

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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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 Swim Team, in Swimming tips from an instructor, in swimming goals, in Swimming Community, in competitive swimming, in Mike Mann

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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Mike Mann Mondays: Combining or Splitting Swimming Programs

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

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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