I don't even know how to start with this post, I really don't. Things at the club have been going really well and we've been on an upward trajectory for quite some time. Then the pandemic hit and we were out for 20 weeks. The swimmers, somehow, did a brilliant…

We've had 20 weeks out of the pool. This has never happened to a group of swimmers in my lifetime so returning to the pool calls for special thought on how we build swimmers back up again - push too hard too soon and they'll get injured, but go too slowly and …

This weekend will be the first 'main' weekend of County Championships 2020 down here in Sussex. We've already completed the 800m and 1500m events and now we're in to the busy weekends. As a coach I'm quite confident that we're going to go well and despite most…

The very last Saturday before Christmas of 2019 saw us travel to Pavilions-in-the-Park in Horsham for Atlantis' first-ever 'Duel in the Pool' event. And what a night it was too! The idea was relatively simple - a gala that was more ISL-y. But it was more than…

Over the years I've seen all sorts of foods brought onto poolside that swimmers (or their parents) thought would be excellent. My favourite face-palm came from finding that one of my sixteen year old swimmers had brought 24 Cornish Pasties onto poolside to kee…

To many, a lot of the below will be blindingly obvious I'm sure - but I thought it worth writing down for anyone that doesn't know. The swimming season runs inline with the school year, September → July, and for those at the top of their game it continues…