There’s a huge difference between swimming with the desire to do well versus swimming with the desire to avoid failing. Swimming with the desire to do well is swimming from a place of confidence and enthusiasm. Swimming with the desire to avoid failing is swimming from a place of fear and doubt. Swimming isn’t something you need to fear or be nervous about. You do the sport because you love it, and it makes you happy. The championship meet is your reward for all the work you put in to your swimming up to this point. Rewards aren’t something to feel pressure or stress over. You know how to swim. You know how to start off the block, you know how to kick, you know how to stroke, and you know how to turn. You know how to execute a race. You’ve done it a million times before. Go and enjoy your reward.

Can you swim well constantly focusing on and stressing over your times, your results, and the cuts you need to make? Sure, you can. Does doing that make it more difficult to swim your best? Absolutely. Is it necessary to do that in order to swim your best? Absolutely not.

Mental training -- along with mental health and wellness -- are key to performing at your best. Check out some articles below. There are tips for mindfulness, visualization, staying confident, cultivating grit and more. Learn what you can do to get your mind in the game.

As a mental performance coach, this time of the year is always my favorite time of the year. Swimmers and swim teams, from the age group level all the way through the NCAA, are getting prepared for their upcoming championship meets where they’re desperately hoping that months and months of training, hard work, and dedication will pay off and yield results. Helping swimmers get mentally prepared for such an occasion is what I love doing most, and it’s what I want to help you with today.

learning to swim significantly reduces the risk of drowning. Drowning is the 2nd leading cause of unintentional injury death for children under 14, with the highest rates among children ages 1-4. Whether or not you plan to head to the pool, water is all around us - in rivers, lakes, drainage ditches, bathtubs, and even large puddles. By equipping your child with the life-saving skill of swimming you'll be opening doors to a lifetime of fun, fitness, and even employment opportunities!  And did you know, children can participate in swimming lessons before they can walk? Parent/child swim lessons provide water safety education and bonding opportunities that can last a lifetime.

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