"I will close by saying that my advice to anyone considering making a change is to be very transparent as to your own motivations. Over the years, I have heard various clichés about not running away from problems. Whether you are running towards or away from something doesn't really matter. The important part is to know your reasons, commit to your decision, and embrace the changes you will inevitably encounter as a result."
Read Richard's article HERE.
"In swimming, building a successful process with athletes is centered around three areas. First, I try to involve and educate them.... Secondly, the goal for them is to figure out their process rather than mine.... Thirdly, at some level, this sport is too difficult not to find some enjoyment in the day- to-day." —Coach Richard Hunter, TIDE Swimming
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"Learning the fundamentals in a fun environment"
Athletes must be able to swim a minimum of 25 yards freestyle and backstroke to enter program.
Focus is on teaching fundamentals and developing basic motor learning skills, balance, and coordination in the water.
Yardage swum is low-intensity and technique-oriented.
Athletes typically range in age from 5 to 10 years old.
"Fundamentals and introduction to training, in a fun environment."
Athletes are able to swim all four strokes and maintain good technique on low intensity work.
Focus remains on teaching fundamentals and developing a strong foundation in all strokes while introducing a culture where hard work is valued and fun.
Athletes are encouraged to attend as many practices each week as possible.
Dryland training is expanded.
Athletes typically range in age from 9 to 14 years old.
"Competitiveness is directly correlated with hard work, consistency, mindfulness, and embracing the journey."
The quantity and intensity of the training program increases.
Focus shifts from teaching fundamentals to physiological conditioning.
Athletes are encouraged to attend as many practices per week as possible with morning practices added at the higher levels.
Dryland training progresses from core body conditioning to weight training.
Athletes typically range in age from 14 to 18 years old.