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Pretty much everything can be done online these days. You can ride a bike through the Swiss Alps with dozens of other riders. Companies with thousands of employees are now fully remote. Something about swimming however, makes that kind of interactive work very difficult. Finding a remote swim coach can help you achieve your goals in swimming.

Training on your own as a swimmer has its ups and downs. For one, there isn’t that teammate connection to push you during the difficult sets. On the other hand, there isn’t that teammate that is constantly touching your toes yet refusing to go in front of you. Sometimes finding inspiration by yourself can be a daunting task. This is why athletes are looking to remote virtual coaches. Having somebody to report to can make all the difference when training for a purpose. Sometimes just knowing that our coach will be looking over the metrics from a difficult set is enough to push yourself to finish it with intent.

Types of Remote Coaching

It can be as simple pulling workouts from a site like USMS, saving the workout in a file, and writing a couple of notes about how you felt. This is the bare minimum if you want it to feel like you are really being coached though. There are also a handful of somewhat interactive apps that sync workouts to your phone, goggles, or mp3 player. These kinds of programs usually do some analytics and tracking for you so that you can see improvements over time. But how can you really dig into a major goal of yours?

Look for a coach that has the time to work with you one on one for goal setting, season planning, technical feedback, workout writing, and strength training/injury prevention. If there is not a coach locally that you like, or one that is available, don’t be afraid to use the internet to find a coach that covers your target goals. There are dozens of coaches that have spent years working with programs that do everything previously stated, and have transitioned their focus to a potentially wider audience of swimmers around the world. Ask if they do a free consultation and what other tools they recommend. Make sure the time requirements are good enough for both of you. Finally, make sure the parameters of the relationship and what you are paying for are clear. Hold yourself and the coach accountable and put in your best effort, and asl for help or clarification whenever you need it. Get after it!


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