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Back in the pool for the 2018/19 school year

So, we are back. 36 swimmers on deck tonight and a lot of enthusiasm for this year’s swimming. We have increased the training time and now have two levels of squad to choose from.

With such a long break over summer, swimmers lose their conditioning and the first few sessions back in the pool are pretty tough, as swimmers search to ‘feel’ the water again.

With junior age-group swimmers the focus of the first few sessions is all about leane etiquette. It is important that the swimmers understand the rules of the lane, so that the squad can train well together. Here are some of the rules:

Push off on the correct time interval

If you catch the swimmer in front, tap their foot and change places at the end of a lap to prevent dangerous over-taking

Do not stop and / or put your feet down

Push off the wall correctly

Sounds simple, right? Definitely not. Swimmers need to develop good habits and this takes time. The clock intervals are key to good lane management, so we practice 5 and 10 second intervals, so swimmers get used to it. If the swimmers are smart, they will tell each other the push-off time, which creates a good supportive culture in the squad.

Tonight we did the following:


2 x 200m F/S

Main Set

12 x 25m kick (4 x F/S, 4 x BR/S, 4 x B/S) @1 min for F/S and BR/S, @1.15 for B/S

4 x 50m F/S pull breathe every 3 strokes @1.30

4 x 25m F/S 3 x left-arm only, 3 x right-arm only @1 min

8 x 25m F/S @1 min – odds good form, evens sprint

50m easy B/S

15 minutes working on push off wall, then 3 x 25m descending F/S with correct form push off.


Richard Bruford View All

Richard is currently Secondary School Principal of Suzhou Singapore International School, one of China's leading international schools. He leads workshops across the Asia-Pacific region for the International Baccalaureate in the areas of pedagogical leadership and approaches to teaching and learning. Richard consults with schools on the topics of school improvement and effective implementation and use of technology.

With a background in public and independent school education in the UK and Australia, Richard is enjoying his international school adventure in China. He is passionate about developing and supporting educational leaders, as it is essential to improving all schools.

Richard is a proud family man and feels lucky to be married to Kim and father of their son Austin.

In his spare time Richard enjoys to swim, bike and run and is a now retired football player and coach (with occasional guest appearances)

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