Five Swim Coach Potential Pitfalls

Let’s talk about the things that swim coaches do that we wish they didn’t.
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This is why I choose to listen to audio tracks on my Underwater Audio Waterproof iPod Shuffle instead of having a swim coach. Here are 5 ways that some coaches really drop the ball in my opinion.

1. Treating All Swimmers the Same Way

Every swimmer is a different person with different needs. We all learn differently and thrive well under different types of situations and strategies.
Good coaches know this and cater their teaching methods to their audience. You can’t ‘apply a “one size fits all” coaching philosophy to all swimmers.

2. Not being considerate that the swimmer has other commitments and obligations beyond swimming.

We’ve got jobs. And families. And sometimes other important commitments. It is one thing to make a reasonable schedule and then stick with the plan. It is another to make an overly time consuming schedule or demand impromptu, last minute trainings on a whim.


whistle-33271_6403. Favoritism for More Advanced Swimmers

If all your clients/students/swimmers (whatever you like to call them) are paying you the same fees, than you owe them all the same courtesies and attention.
Just because one person may perform better in competition does not mean you get to focus in on that individual and neglect your other swimmers.

4. Not Giving Full Attention

Dear Coaches,
Put your phones away.
Keep your focus on your coaching and stay mentally present. Please do not become distracted during training sessions. Watch us swim and pay attention so you can make relevant critiques and give adequate praise when due.


5. Not Providing More Time For Those Who Need It

clipboard-304803_640I know I said not to show favoritism, but this is different.
Rather than giving extra attention to those who are competing well, this is taking the time to notice who needs extra help. It’s different because there is no “teacher’s pet” in this situation. It’s just a matter of being conscientious to those who need extra guidance at any given point.
Being mindful of this is helpful and you don’t need to neglect your other swimmers in order to accomplish this. You could, for example, have one person work on certain drills to get the hang of a tough technique while the others move on to the next exercise.

What is Your Biggest Pet Peeve?

How do you wish swim coaches would act differently?
Feel free to add your ideas in the comment section below.

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