Happy New Year! Although I guess one could say, “What a start to the year!” It feels a little bleak at times with COVID circulating so widely in our community, doesn’t it? However, I always try to keep my outlook positive and I know we will get through this troubling time. Onward and upwards for the rest of 2022! Thank goodness for swimming and chlorinated water.
I want to thank you all for being so supportive in recent weeks when the team at Different Strokes Swimming was negatively impacted by COVID. Your patience and kindness has meant the world to me and your instructors.
A final point on COVID; you will have seen we have cancelled our classes at Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre for the time being. This is because it is a busy indoor facility. We’re keen to keep classes outdoors as much as possible. We will, however, continue to run classes at Fitness First Rockdale’s 25m indoor pool, because of the very low number of swimmers.
We were thrilled to see so many of you attend the Masterclass Series we ran over the holiday period. The feedback has been great and I have seen a massive improvement in the technique of attendees. Well done on carving out the time to focus on your swimming. It will pay off!
As a follow on to the Masterclasses, your instructors and I are currently revising our programs for 2022 with a view to increasing the time given to teaching form strokes. Once you reach Stroke Foundations you will be introduced to backstroke for a portion of each class. In Stroke Development, you will learn the foundations of butterfly and breaststroke, as well as diving. Form strokes go a long way to improving your freestyle and ensure you are using different muscle groups, which will benefit your body. And it’s just plain fun to learn a new swimming skill!
We are also keen to bring deep water familiarisation in earlier to the Beginner and Beginner 1 classes. This will assist entry level swimmers become water safe sooner. You will see some changes to your class formats as soon as next week. Exciting times!
Finally, we are getting really busy! Please remember to book in your classes well in advance once you know your schedule! I don’t want you any of you to miss out.
I look forward to seeing each of you on pool deck very soon.
As always, yours in swimming,
Photos: . PC: Kari Baynes – We teach in all weathers. Diana and Jelena taking their classes.