Team Aquatic Supplies is 100% behind Canadian swimmers and their success. We actively support swimmers in the community and through the supply of high quality swimwear, equipment and accessories. Not only that, our founder, managers, customer service specialists and staff members are mostly all swimmers! Yes, you could say we are swim enthusiasts.
Over time, we have come to respect master swimmers and we are pleased to share their best swim tips here to help our customers improve their aquatic skills.
Under Mark’s direction HYACK was won back-to-back Long Course BC Provincial Championships. Mark is the coach of Hyack swimmer Stefan Milosevic, who at the 2012 Canadian National Championships won the 200 Free and broke the 15 to 17 BC record for the 100 Free. Stephan competed in the 2013 FINA Junior World Championships in Dubai.
Dean Boles is the Swim Ontario Provincial Mentor Coach. Dean is a lifelong coach with a great background of success at every level, from the age group club to the international scene.
Every repeat starts with a good push off! Swimming fast is not rocket science but relentless reminders are critical! In my opinion due to the development of the dolphin kick or fish kick, the value of the push-off has been neglected by many swimmers.
Let’s do some simple math first (it’s all about numbers and how well you repeat it). As we know the two fastest moments of the race is the start and the turn. If you measure a turn 5 metres in and 10 metres out that equates to 15 metres and the start can also be measured at 15 metres. Therefore a 200 metre short course race is made up 120 metres of start and turns—that is over 50% of the race (60% to be exact). With a bit of relentless and deliberate focus and practice on your turns during all your practice sets, your swimming time can improve 2.1 seconds (3/10th per wall).
Derrick SchoofEdmonton Keyano Swim Club
Head Coach/Director of Swimming
Derrick Schoof is a three-time Canadian Interuniversity Sport Coach of the Year (men’s team in 2006 and 2009 and women’s team in 2008). Derrick has coached on numerous Canadian National Team coaching staffs including FINA World Aquatic Championships, FISU Games, Pan Pacific Games and Commonwealth Games.
In 2013 Coach Schoof and the Keyano Swim Club took the women’s team title SNC Sr. Nationals and placed second overall. Derrick also had two swimmers on the Fina World Championship team, Richard Funk in the 100 breaststroke, and Ashton Bauman swimming the 200 breaststroke.
One of the most important elements to swimming fast and efficient breaststroke is learning how to find a perfect streamline position on every stroke. Getting into the best streamline possible will minimize resistance and maximize the glide forward on every stroke. Here is my progression on teaching swimmers how to find this position on every stroke:
You may want to try going 8x50 @ 1:10 (or suitable interval) as 2 of each above. Make sure you get enough rest to really focus on each 50.
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To help your goggles last longer, don’t loan them to others and don’t rest them on your forehead because over time this can change the shape of the silicone seal. Don't pull the goggles down around your neck, take them off if you are not wearing them. After swimming, rinse your goggles in water and hang them over a doorknob to dry (straps hanging down). We recommend you rinse your goggles in water with hand soap to keep the inside of the lenses clean and store your goggles in a goggles case to prevent the lenses from getting scratched in your swim bag.
All goggle lenses have an anti-fog coating on the inside. Rubbing the inside of the goggles removes this coating and the goggles may begin to fog. If this has started to happen, take a look at our aftermarket anti-fog coating. Spitting inside the lenses is also a well-known trick that works and it has to be done before each swim.
Swimwear is available in many blends of materials.
Polyester is a material that is most resistant to affects of chlorine A polyester suit is best for those who swim two or more times a week. Training suits are often 100% polyester.
Proper care should still be taken with a polyester suit, rinsing it after each use, hanging it to dry, not putting it in the washer or dryer.
Lycra is a thinner fabric that is more delicate and less resistant to the affects of chlorine than polyester. A Lycra suit may be best for those who don’t swim on a regular basis or for competitive swimmers that are looking for a very basic racing suit. Lycra-based suits are often great for young swimmers starting out in competitive swimming. It is important to keep in mind that a Lycra suit is more stretchy and lighter than a polyester suit, which means that most people fit a size smaller than a polyester suit and it might feel more comfortable to wear.
In some cases swimsuits are a blend of polyester and PBT (a texturized polyester with a natural stretch) that gives the suit excellent resistance to the harmful effects of chlorine and makes them resistant to fading. If you are swimming many hours a week, this is most likely the suit for you.
Note: Swimwear that contains polyester will hold up longest when exposed regularly to chlorinated water.
Every swimsuit has specific washing instructions on the tags or packaging. General recommendations include:
Note: Wearing your swimsuit in hot tubs or pools will expose it to chlorine and other chemicals in the water and in some case may cause fading, wear and loss of elasticity. Light colours may become transparent under these conditions. This is normal wear and tear and not a manufacturer’s defect.
Based on our 40 plus years of experiences as a team of swimmers, former swimmers, coaches, Lifeguards and provincial, national and world champions, here are our suggested racing suit guidelines.
If you are an entry-level swimmer, attending your first few swim meets, consider a Lycra suit or a Speedo Aquablade, Speedo Power-plus, Arena ST, TYR Fusion.
If you are a mid level swimmer with some experience racing, are maybe attending provincials, or you are close to national standard, consider a Speedo LZR Pro, Arena XP, TYR Tracer B, Blue 70 – Nero TX.
If you are attending senior or age group nationals or swimming at an international level (this is the highest level for racing suits), consider Speedo LZR Elite, Arena Carbon Pro, TYR AP12, Blue 70 – Nero XII.
Sizing is also extremely important with racing suits! Racing suits are supposed to be worn tight, very tight! Getting into the racing suits should take a good amount of time and for girls having someone else help you is very common. The following video may provide you with additional help.