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.
At the end of the summer each year, we always receive inquiries from families looking to sign their children up for a competitive swim team. They have gone through a learn to swim program (many times ours in either Schenectady or Albany), and are looking to have their child swim on a team during the school year.
A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to take some footage with our GoPro (normally used to underwater video analysis) of Coach Kevin swimming in Crystal Lake. After a few weeks of compiling the different clips, below is the video. Let us know what you think :)
With Ironman Lake Placid in the books for many of the Excel Swimmers who raced this past Sunday, we wanted to congratulate everyone who competed! Coach's Keith and Kevin tracked everyone throughout the day, and we both really enjoyed not only seeing some fast results, but some monster time drops from previous years.
First let me start off by saying last night was AWESOME! The Men's 200 Breaststroke was possibly the most exciting race of the trials, and some of the other races (Men's 100 Free) also lived up to the hype. Hopefully tonight will have a couple of more good races, with a few surprises sprinkled in. Let's get things started....