What do I need to bring?
A swimsuit and goggles – mandatory. Water bottle and swim cap suggested as well. Fins, paddles, pull buoys and kick boards are available at practice.
Is it crowded?
Mornings vary from 10 to 25 swimmers with an average of 15 or so. Two to three people per lane is common. Swimmers generally choose lane-mates of similar abilities. Evenings are generally not crowded.
I’m not too fast, will it be hard for me to keep up?
Swimmers generally congregate in lanes with others that are well matched. As a rule the faster swimmers use lanes in the middle of the pool. The workout is tailored to accommodate all swimmers with the knowledge that some swim harder and faster than others.
What is a typical practice like?
Swimmers warm up for about 10 – 15 minutes and then coach begins with a kick or pull set (or both) which lasts about 10 – 15 minutes. Some weeks there may be stroke – specific instruction. There can be speed or distance work as well as varied strokes in the main set which lasts about 45 minutes.
Do I need to know all the strokes or will you teach me?
You should be comfortable with freestyle. Coaching is available to work on techniques and new strokes, the program is not designed to be a swim lesson.
Does everyone compete?
Not everyone chooses to compete but some members participate in pool meets, triathlons and open water events.