Preparing to Swim
Gear to get the best out of squad sessions
- Swim cap, goggles and togs
- Drink bottle
- Swim bag (ideally mesh to drain water) including:
- Kick board (optional)
- Pull buoy
- Paddles (consider both technique and standard paddles)
- Swim snorkel (optional)
(All gear named)
Being one of the team - squad etiquette
Swim Squad etiquette and tips for understanding the coach.
To ensure that everyone has a great experience, there are simple rules that apply when in the pool.
- Always leave 5 seconds apart
- Always swim to the left hand side of the lane
- When finished your set, please pull to the side of the wall so the other lane swimmers can finish.
- Respect other swimmers no matter what their ability
- Note your times for sets…this will help you gauge improvement and ensure you are completing the session for best results.
- Listen carefully for rest interval timings – these also help you achieve the maximum benefit of the prescribed set.
- Think about pace control / what level of intensity is this set supposed to be at (refer chart)
- Unless death, is imminent, do not stand up in the middle of the lane.
- Be considerate of others in lane (no matter of ability)
- And if you don’t understand instructions – please ask! (You can be sure you are not the only one with a similar query)
- A sense of humour at all times is an asset :-)