• Emma MacDonald

An update from the pool deck!

As the lovely summer draws to a close I thought I would bring your attention to what's happening at Swim Dynamics from September. New squads membership scheme! Once you have used up your existing sessions you will no longer have to buy a loyalty card and worry about those expiring. From September you will be able to purchase one of two membership schemes. It's a one-time buy which you can cancel at any time. All you will have to do each week is sign in to whichever session(s)you want to do. There are two types of membership and you can buy these online just like you used to buy your loyalty cards! Gold For £12.70 per week or £55 per month you can attend all squad sessions*. You will also benefit from a 20% discount off all other coaching services including video analysis, 1-2-1 coaching and courses. This may be of particular benefit to you if you know you can commit to weekly squad training (and benefit from the structure that brings to your training) and you like the idea of capping each 10 weeks or so with a 1-2-1 or video session to keep your technique in check. Silver For £7.60 per week or £33 per month you can attend any one session per week. This might be suitable if you are unlikely to manage more than one session per week. Year round squad timetable There are three squad sessions per week, one on Wednesday at Inspire in Luton and two on Saturday morning (7am at Inspire, 10am at St Albans Boys School). Gold Members would be welcome to attend both Saturday sessions as well as the Wednesday one, but most would be likely to do a maximum of two sessions per week, i.e. one on Saturday and one on Wednesday. From 5 September 2018, squads will run throughout the year up until 22 December and will resume after the New Year. Squads will run whether I am poolside or not. In the event I cannot be poolside I will email a set to everyone who has registered for the session by 8pm the previous day. In the event the pool is closed I will do my very best to accommodate the session elsewhere. Youth Training Squad Before the summer I trialled a group swim training session for younger swimmers (aged 10-16). The session was in response to requests from parents who want their kids to keep swimming without having to commit to the rigours of competitive club swimming. The session was popular so I will be continuing until Christmas. Each session is designed around who is coming so that where possible I can add elements that individuals want to work on e.g. fly kick, tumble turns, open water skills like sighting. Sessions are Saturdays 1-2pm at St Albans Boys School and will start again on 22 September. Frontcrawl Courses - St Albans Boys School (Saturdays) Places for these courses have been flying out the door and both are now full for this year. The courses run over 6 weeks and build an in-depth understanding of what goes into an effective freestyle stroke while at the same time building water confidence, skills and enjoyment! The next set of courses will run in 2019. If you are interested in adding your name to the waiting list for 2019 please let me know as soon as possible: 1-2-1s - St Albans Boys School (Saturdays) There is always limited availability for these. If you are thinking of entering races in 2019 and would like me to have a look at your swimming, make sure you leave enough time before your race. I tend to be booked at least 2 months in advance but will do my best to fit you in where possible. Workshops - St Albans Boys School (Saturdays and some Sundays) CLUB SESSION: If you are a member of a triathlon or swim club and think your colleagues may benefit from a coached group session please let me know. I would be happy to tailor a session that meets your needs. GROUPS: Fancy getting a few friends together for a group session? It's more personalised than a squad and without the spotlight of a 1-2-1! Online Video Analysis

If you are short on time and can't get to the pool, or are having difficulty getting an appointment with me, ask someone to film your swimming and then send it to me online. I can get a full analysis back to you within 48 hours. Finally, enjoy the rest of the summer and I look forward to seeing you at the pool in September! Emma

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