What to Expect
For adult athletes who don't come from a swimming background, the idea of learning to swim and joining a team can be intimidating to say the least. By deciding to swim with us, you are choosing an all inclusive group that will help you reach and surpass your goals. Our coaches LOVE the water and like to joke around, but we've got a job to do... get you swimming faster!
At Swim Las Vegas, we design each program with the adult learner in mind. We start in the pool so you get the basics then move to the open water to really hone your skills. If larger groups just aren't your "thing" we offer a variety of private, semi-private and small group workshops. Check out details HERE.
If it's your first time to the pool here are some tips to help calm your nerves:
What to Bring?
Be sure to wear a comfortable suit with adequate coverage. Chlorine tends to disintegrate the fabric of your suit, so periodically check to make sure you're not flashing anyone.
LADIES- we don't recommend bikinis or tank-inis (unless they are specifically designed for athletes).
MEN- choose a "jammer" or "brief" as the popular baggy shorts will only slow you down. There are many brands on the market to choose from, or you can order a custom SLV suit.
You'll need a comfortable pair of goggles, a swim cap, a pair of short fins and a pull buoy. We have suggestions HERE.
Show Up Early
Like the first day of school, you'll want to be prepared and calm. Plan ahead, GPS the address and arrive at least 15 minutes early (especially on the first day).
All pools request that you take a quick shower before entering the pool. This will help keep the PH balanced. Also, take this time to wash off your make up.
Bring cold water or an electrolyte drink to sip between sets. Even though you won't feel as if you're sweating, you are working hard!
Learn Some Lingo
Circle Swim- When swimming in a lane with more than 2 people, you will swim in a circle pattern. Start down on the right side of the lane and back on the opposite side.
Pull Buoy-a foam flotation device that you put between your legs which prevents you from kicking. When using a bouy, it's all known as a "Pull Set".
Intervals-Learn how to use the pace clock and how fast you swim each set. More on this later.
When you start the swim set, allow at least 5 seconds between you and the person in front of you. Typically when the lead swimmer is at the backstroke flags, you should push off.
Faster swimmers should lead the lane. Don't be intimidated! If you are in a lane with people of similar ability, change the leader so you all get a feel for being out in front.
Conversely, if you are "almost fast" and have someone tapping your feet, let them pass you. It's nothing personal, they may not know how to pace themselves correctly.
If you reach the wall and need a break, get out of the way of incoming swimmers! Let all the swimmers pass you before you start up again.
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