TIPS FOR SWIMMERS
In our documents’ library on Swim Manager, there are lots of useful articles, written by coaches, other swimmers or Swimming organisations on the topics listed below.
EAT WELL to TRAIN AND SWIM WELL
Have a look at the articles which give an insight into what sorts of foods are good to eat, along with how to eat on a normal training day or race day.
It’s really important to drink plenty of fluids when training, because EXERCISE IS THIRSTY WORK!
If you feel tired, nauseous, dizzy or have reduced aerobic capacity this could be because you are dehydrated. It’s important to drink before, during and after training. We recommend you need 1 litre per hour of training.
It’s always useful to have a goal to work towards.
Think about process goals as well as outcomes ie. Working on elements that will help you to achieve your overall goals – eg. cardio work; turns; core stability
Setting SMART targets can help as these are:
PREPARATION IS KEY
Training is an essential part of becoming a successful swimmer. As with anything, the more times we do something, the better we become. Your coaches plan the training based on full attendance to the sessions. To be fully prepared you need to attend the correct number of sessions, as indicated for your squad.
When you are selected to compete in a gala, make sure you prepare properly so that you arrive relaxed and ready to swim. Always check out where the gala is and where you can park; the times of the sessions; your races and pack your kit bag checking you have everything on the kit list.
See the articles: Tips for First Gala; Open Meets; Team Galas
ENJOY YOUR SPORT
It’s important that you enjoy your swimming.
If you have any worries or concerns, don’t hesitate to talk to your coach.
Remember to follow the ‘DOLPHIN’ Way:
D - Determination
O - Overcoming Challenges and Adversity
L - Leading by Example
P - Punctuality and Attendance
H - High standards of Behaviour
I - Improves over time
N - Never gives up trying