I am a former swimmer for the University of Texas where I was an Honorable Mention All-American, NCAA and Olympic Trials Qualifier. I have been swimming since I was 4 years old which has made swimming a very big part of my life. I currently coach at New York University.
My favorite part of swimming is the look on an athlete's face after they touch the wall and realize they have just swum a best time.
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I begin teaching by evaluating an athlete's skill level through a short series of questions followed by observing the athlete swim a few laps in the pool. Once we have established the skill level, I walk every swimmer through wall work (streamlines, push offs, turns) before progressing to stroke work. Even with my larger training groups, my favorite thing to coach is great technique because it can shave seconds off races and is very easy to work on.
I began swimming with SwimAmerica where I have instructed in the past. Throughout high school and college I coached and gave lessons.
Most often I charge $40 for a half hour lesson for one individual but I take into consideration my travel time and distance when establishing a price for lessons.
I began teaching lessons while in high school and have been doing so ever since.
I have coached all ages and experience levels and enjoy passing on my knowledge of this great sport to anyone who is willing to learn.
I just returned from a get together with some college teammates. The bond that is forged on a swim team is incredibly strong due to the time and energy that is collectively sacrificed. Visiting with teammates is one of my favorite things.
Swimming is not something people can "pick up." Due to the time that must be devoted to this sport, the best teachers are those who have been swimming at a high level for a large portion of their life. Elite training allows for a feel for the water and knowledge of how the body moves through the water that cannot be read about, it must be learned through years of experience.
If you swim for a club, be sure your coach is aware and is ok with you taking outside lessons. Also, remember that lessons can only take you so far -- swimming takes a lot of dedication and hard work that cannot be taught.