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USA Swimming & Streamline Brands Sign Multi-Year Agreement

Posted on Dec 4, 2018 11:19:15 AM by Streamline Brands in Streamline Brands, in USA Swimming, in learning to swim, in competitive swimming, in Swimming Community

A partnership focused on growth and development of grassroot swimming opportunities in the U.S.

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Open Water Swimming Helps Treat Depression in New Case Study

Posted on Sep 25, 2018 10:38:31 PM by Laura Dravenstott in open water swimming, in Adult Swimming, in Health benefits, in Swimming Community

A recent case study reported in the British Medical Journal and subsequently made into an episode of the BBC documentary series, “The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs,” describes how a 24-year-old mother eliminated her medications for major depressive disorder and anxiety over a period of four months as she began a program of weekly swimming in cold water. But could cold water swimming really help treat depression?

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Swimtastic's Curriculum Enhancement

Posted on Sep 17, 2018 3:06:57 PM by Laura Dravenstott in curriculum, in adult swim lessons, in Swimming lessons, in Kids Swimming Lessons, in Teaching Swim Lessons

Streamline Brands is excited to announce the rollout of our enhanced learn to swim curriculum across our family of swim schools: Swimtastic, SafeSplash, and SwimLabs. With a refined emphasis on safety, stroke technique and making swim lessons fun, our enhanced curriculum and true skill progression deliver clear value to students and parents. These attributes, along with our revamped instructor training, teaching aids and technologies, differentiate our swim schools from the rest of the learn to swim market.

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Defining Your Own Success

Posted on Aug 17, 2018 5:40:01 PM by Laura Dravenstott in success, in U.S. Swimming National Championships, in Missy Franklin, in competitive swimming, in Swimming Community

“It’s one thing to inspire all these little girls by winning a bunch of medals. That’s easy. But it’s another thing entirely to be an inspiration when things aren’t exactly going your way.”

Missy Franklin, Relentless Spirit: The Unconventional Raising of a Champion

Few people describe winning a bunch of medals, especially gold medals, as Missy did at the 2012 London Olympics, as “easy.” It’s difficult to win a race at any meet, let alone in the most competitive swim meet in the world. Despite the difficulty and the rarity of winning or setting a record, the swimming world and American culture as a whole glorify winning, setting records, making PR’s, sustaining dominance. A definition of success based on fast times and victories can be seductive but also dangerous to a swimmer’s well-being, as Isabelle Robuck explains in “Defining Success Beyond Fast Times and Medals Just Might Save Your Swimming Career (and Life)”.

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Top 5 things I learned from the 2018 U.S. Swimming Nationals

Posted on Aug 9, 2018 6:28:36 PM by Karin Olmsted in U.S. Swimming National Championships, in olympian, in Swimming Community, in competitive swimming

On the return to “desk -life” from the “deck-life” after a week in Irvine, CA, watching US Swimming Nationals, I reflected on five life-long and valued lessons that swimming has imparted to me.

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Missy Franklin Gives Heartfelt Interview After U.S. Nationals Swim Meet 2018

Posted on Jul 31, 2018 1:23:01 PM by Swimtastic Swim School in U.S. Swimming National Championships, in freestyle, in Missy Franklin, in Swimming Community, in olympian, in competitive swimming, in Swimming Competition

SwimSwam interviews an emotional Missy Franklin still determined and focused on Tokyo 2020!

As a 5-time Olympic gold medalist who has broken multiple world records during her swimming career, Missy Franklin has had to face the pressure and expectations that go along with being one of the sport's swimming superstars. It was also her first time swimming in a U.S. meet since 2016. She trained and swam hard but finished at a disappointing 17th and 19th place in the 100 (55.33) and 200 free (1:59.25). In an interview after her races, Missy showed she was not going to let this performance deter her from higher aspirations and displayed a warrior's spirit and an inspiring level of professionalism even through a sometimes shaky voice.

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Watch the 2018 U.S. National Championships!

Posted on Jul 23, 2018 5:58:41 PM by Dorian Capers in U.S. Swimming National Championships, in Missy Franklin, in olympian, in Swimming Community

The 2018 U.S. National Championships begin this Wednesday, July 25th! Whether you are rooting for Missy Franklin, Katie Ledecky, or your local hero, the best of the best are gearing up to leave one another in their wake in the biggest U.S. meet of the year! With some help from SwimSwam.com we've got you covered on where to go to tune in!

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Practice Tips for the Intermediate Swimmer

Posted on Jul 13, 2018 5:41:06 PM by Laura Dravenstott in Practice, in Swimming tips from an instructor, in training tools, in Swimming lessons

In this blog post, we’ll discuss necessary gear, practice tips, and exercises for intermediate swimmers.

Swim gear can be simple: a suit, towel, sunscreen, goggles (refer to blog “Tips for Beginners” for more information on goggles) and a swim cap for those with long hair. Remember, it’s still important to swim where a lifeguard is present or to always have another person in the water or close by.

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Practice Tips & Exercises for Beginner Swimmers

Posted on Jul 11, 2018 11:13:40 AM by Laura Dravenstott in Swimming tips from an instructor, in children learning, in Practice, in Summer Family Activities

With the onset of summer, we head back to the pool, excited to get wet and cool off but struggling to remember what gear to bring and which skills to practice first. In this blog post, we’ll discuss necessary gear, practice tips, and exercises for beginning swimmers.

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I Teach (And Swim) Because It Is My Passion

Posted on Jul 5, 2018 10:52:17 AM by Keri Koraleski in Teaching a Life Skill, in finding yourself, in Swimtastic, in Swimming instructors, in swim jobs

I have been swimming since I could walk. I grew up around a lake with all my cousins. When I was younger, I couldn’t have cared less what temperature the water was. My cousins and I were in the lake from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and sometimes even later into the year. I swam and dove competitively for Ralston High School, and it was there that I started my career as a swim teacher.

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