Lockdown: A Time for Self-Reflection and Growth
Updated: Apr 6
Being away from poolside is a rarity for most coaches, at the moment it is a necessity. However, there is still work to be done, even if it isn't coaching in its typical form.
This could be the last time in a long while that you will be given a prolonged period of time to dedicate yourself to becoming a better coach. Use this time well, ensure that when things take off again, you're returning a better coach than you left.
There are a whole host of things you can be doing to make yourself better at your craft.
Take some time to look back through old sessions or meet notes and reflect on what you could have done better. As Eddie Reese says:
"do the swimmers make your session work, or does your session make the swimmers work"
Make some notes on things you could have changed, speak to your athletes and ask them for their feedback.
Take some time to plan for the future and how you can make the most out of it, you won't get this opportunity again.
Make sure you set some time aside each week, maybe even daily to do something that will further your own professional development. This could be taking part in an online course, reading a book or online article (we'll be sure to post some here for you).
Another excellent way to learn is to watch past World Championships/Olympics etc and analyse the race strategy or technical elements of world class swimmers.
Speak to other coaches on your network about what they're doing, everyone has something to share!
Finally - Podcasts are a great way to learn, there are some really good ones out there (😉) we've got some excellent Podcasts lined up for this lock down period so make sure you keep an eye out for them here!