I've been asked by a few parents for a bit of an "idiot's guide" (their words, not mine) to competitive swimming. So I've had a go at listing out the basics of everything you need to know about competitive swimming for children. I've tried to make it really hi…

There are three main types of competition in the UK: Team Galas Open Meets Pathway Meets Team Galas Clubs race against other clubs - your swimmer will be picked for the club's team if they meet criteria. Some Team Galas are used to measure performance, other…

We enter the building, it's race day, coaches and swimmers have worked tirelessly for quite some time leading up to the event. The swimmers are prepared, they know what to do. We all walk onto poolside ready for action. The warm-up begins and Coaches and Team …

Not a week goes by without me wondering whether banging my head against a brick wall would actually be a more productive use of my time than mentioning to some of my younger swimmers (and even more commonly, their parents) that I'd like them to attend on Satur…

Below is a table of all the acronym's I could think of. Please feel free to leave a comment with suggestions for others if there are any that I've missed. Term Explanation @ Same as 'GO' + Same as 'RI' 'A' Stroke Your best stroke, same as 'No.1' A…