Happy New Year everyone! With Excel's Tri Swim sessions beginning in about 2 weeks, we wanted to post at least one more practice to get everyone in the groove leading up to the first week of practice!
Over the past few days, Excel has been hard at work with our collegiate competitive swimmers who are home during winter break. That being, said, we have gotten some AWESOME feedback and encouragement with those practices from our triathlon swimmers. So, as a little holiday gift, here is a practice for our triathletes who want to stay in the water during winter break as well!
Twice per year, namely at the end of August, and the end of December, Excel Aquatics takes a brief 3-4 week break in between sessions. Although we are not teaching lessons during this time, we always have a few families of beginner swimmers ask what they can do, if anything at all, to help their child continue to maintain, if not improve their beginning swimming skills in preparation for our next session. Here are a few tips that we always share-
Over the course of my swimming career, there were always times during the season that I wanted to take a break. The temptation was always there, year after, especially during the holidays. Particularly in college, when a swimmer is home during break, and there are LOTS of things to do, it is very easy to push your training aside, and take a hiatus from swim training.
Often times in swimming, children enter the competitive side of the sport EXTREMELY fast.....transitioning from a once per week lessons program of 30-45 minutes to a 2-3 day per week program of hour long practices can be a bit daunting and overwhelming for both children and their parents. This "rushed" experience many times will lead to burnout at a very young age, with children no longer enjoying the sport of swimming with too much time committed to practices, and not enough time committed to fun, or just being a kid.
Over the past 4 years, Excel Aquatics has been fortunate enough to work with, teach, and coach some excellent individuals. One program in particular that we have had the pleasure of working with for the past few years has been the LaSalle Advanced Marketing class, led by Mr. Michael Levy. Mr. Levy has been a personal friend and supporter of Excel (formerly Kevin's Swim School) from day 1, and after becoming the head of LaSalle's Business Department, he contacted us with the opportunity to work with his students to give them real world experience in business that impacts the Capital Region community.