By Dillon Virva (2016 Olympic Trials 50 Free Finalist, 22.06 lcm)
“I did not have a smooth journey to the top. I made plenty of mistakes- but I always learned from them.”
Jason Lezak, eight-time Olympic medalist and owner of the fastest 100M free relay split of all-time, spent a day at SwimLabs Highlands Ranch on May 31. Lezak spoke to swimmers, parents and coaches about his unique journey before offering critique and feedback to swimmers and recording for the video library.
We are excited to announce that SwimLabs Highlands Ranch will be hosting a freestyle clinic with 4x Olympic Gold Medalist, Jason Lezak, on Wednesday, May 31st.
The clinic is FULL but there are still 20 additional spots to come listen to Jason talk about his swimming career and his olympic experience before the clinic from 11:45-1:00. You must sign up in advance for this.
Clinic Details - CLINIC IS FULL
WHO: Competitive swimmers ages 12+
COST: $150 per swimmer
WHAT: A 3-hour freestyle clinic lead by Jason Lezak and will include:
- 1 hour of Jason speaking about his swimming experiences
- 2 hours of pool work in the tanks: Jason will guide swimmers through his favorite drills and make stroke corrections with each swimmer with the support of SwimLabs staff members. Swimmers will be divided up into groups of 4 in the tanks.
- Swimmers will receive their videos after the clinic
- Photo opportunity with Jason
WHEN: Wednesday, May 31st from 11:45am-3:00pm
WHERE: SwimLabs Highlands Ranch
5640 E County Line Pl. STE B100
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
CELEBRATE NATIONAL WATER SAFETY MONTH IN MAY!
Not only does May offer longer days with more sunshine and warmer temps, but this is also National Water Safety Month! This is a topic we are passionate about, as the staff at SwimLabs is devoted to teaching swimmers in a successful, innovative and fun environment to learn swimming correctly, safely and confidently.
In Utah, drowning is the 3rd leading cause of injury-related deaths for children between the ages of 1-14. According to the State of Utah, child drowning deaths typically fall into one of three patterns:
- Toddlers (Age 1-4) who are unsupervised and wander away from family
- Teens swimming in reservoirs or lakes with friends or family
- Infants left unattended in bathtubs
In declaring May Water Safety Month in Utah, Governor Gary Herbert noted that although swimming and aquatic activities contribute to physical and mental health while enhancing the quality of life for Utah residents, it is vital residents understand the essential role Water Safety plays in prevention of drowning and recreational aquatic-related injuries.
- Teaching children water safety and swimming skills early
- Briefing child-sitters and guardians on water safety and adult supervision
- Appointment of a designated monitor to watch over children at social gatherings
- Keep rescue equipment, CPR instructions and a first-aid kit poolside
- Installation of 4-sided isolation fencing surrounding pool (at minimum 5 feet tall) equipped with self-closing, self-latching gates to prevent direct access from home and yard
- Never use floatation devices as substitution for supervision
- Don’t assume you’ll hear someone who is struggling in the water. Drowning is a silent death where often there is no splashing or struggling to alert the individual is in trouble
The Five Best Exercises to do Before Training
Most of us swimmers know that when it comes to practice, if you’re not early, you’re late. Arriving early gives you the time you need to fix your goggles, put your cap on and catch up with your teammates. Most of us do some half hearted stretches and stare somewhat nervously at the blue abyss of the water (let’s be honest, we’re swimmers but we hate ACTUALLY getting in), but what if we could use that time to set ourselves up for a more successful practice? SwimLabs sat down with Avatus Stone, Director of Explosive Performance, one of the biggest sports performance training companies in the country, to find out how to maximize the time we have on deck before diving in.