Coaching

The Surprising Role of Luck in a Swim Meet

A while ago I wrote about how the general public could be forgiven for thinking that swimming is a non-contact sport (here). After all, they only see swimmers compete in their own lane, unaware of the flailing sea of humanity that represents a typical practice pool. Well, after our last meet I found another thing… Continue reading The Surprising Role of Luck in a Swim Meet

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The Incredible Power of an Always-On Video System

Two years ago we purchased our first real video system - an always-on system with a Hi-Def under/over water camera on a 10 metre cable, connected to a controller and a 55-inch Hi-Def TV on a movable cart. Without a doubt, that turned out to be the best investment our team has ever made. Our… Continue reading The Incredible Power of an Always-On Video System

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Nightmare Championships: Circulating Pool Currents and Outside Lanes

Every once in a while we hear about circulating pool currents, and how that they created unfair racing conditions.  The latest problem that I've heard of is the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre in Windsor, Ontario - host to the 2018 Eastern Canadian Swimming Championships in April, 2018. Because I like stats, I decided… Continue reading Nightmare Championships: Circulating Pool Currents and Outside Lanes

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The Complicated Issues Involving Weed and Swimming

I have to admit, my thinking on the subject of legalizing weed has done a complete reversal over the last few years. I was initially and emphatically against the legalization of weed for one very simple reason. I was worried that teenagers would equate legalization with safety. However, as I learned more about the societal… Continue reading The Complicated Issues Involving Weed and Swimming