At AquaMobile, we appreciate all of our swim instructors. Welcome to the Swim Instructor Spotlight. Here we highlight some of our awesome AquaMobile Swim Instructors!

Meet Celia:

Name: Celia S.
State: Arizona
Number of Years as a Swim Instructor: 6
Swim Inspiration: Former competitive Division I College swimmer and national coach.
Check out more of  Celia’s story below and some of her tips and tricks for competitive swimmers!

Bio and Specialties

My name is Celia and I have been working as a swim instructor for six years. I started swimming when I was 9 and retired from swimming last year. I was a competitive swimmer for Boston University all four years, where I studied Environmental Policy and Analysis. I moved back to Arizona and started working as Swim Coach and Assistant Aquatics Director at a community centre. Missing the water, I decided to begin teaching swim lessons with AquaMobile in my free time. I love seeing first-time swimmers learn the skills and develop a love for swimming, especially one that lasts many years like mine!

I love swimming because it is a lifelong sport. There is something to do in the water for all ages. Toddlers can dive for rings. High schoolers can join a swim team and adults can swim laps for exercise. I hope to help instill a lifetime of loving water into everyone that I teach.

Workout Tips For Competitive Swimmers

Sample set:
16 x 50 – (two lengths of the pool 16 times. This is 800 yards or 800 meters depending on the make of pool)
Odd laps – Quick Breath Drill
Even laps – Build speed to a fast finish at end of lap

Many swimmers struggle with the timing of their strokes and this can lead to inefficiency or injury. Stroke issues can be fixed through head position changes, which is why I love the Quick Breath Drill. This drill requires you to swim at an easy, comfortable pace but trying to speed up your breath. The goal is to make your head beat your hand to hit the surface of the water. Taking your breath earlier prevents your hand crossing from crossing under your body, which can lead to shoulder injuries. The fast finish on even 50s gets your heart rate up and practices racing while you are still thinking about your stroke technique!

Tips from a National Coach

  1. Keep it fun!
  2. Don’t get caught up in your swim times too much.
  3. Find a training partner that pushes you to do better and swim with them.

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