Hello JD Red swimmers and parents!
My name is Ian Sifton and I am super excited to be coaching you guys for the summer! To the returning swimmers, welcome back. And to our new faces, welcome to the family! This is my ninth year swimming with Kigoos and my 3rd year as a JD coach for the club. I’ve had so many fantastic experiences over the years that range from having a great time with my friends to making new best times for butterfly, my favourite stroke!
My goal for the season is to make sure that you guys have a great time in the water and experiencing everything the club has to offer, while learning and improving on our swimming technique, speed, and endurance.
A few things that I’d like swimmers and parents to keep in mind are:
- Please show up on time for warm-up (with a pair of running shoes in the event that we use the back field).
- No fooling around (talking, splashing, etc.) when the coach is speaking. This will help ensure we get through the explanation of the set quickly and be able to swim as much as possible.
- Every time we push off a wall, our feet to be explosive and our hands need to shoot up into a rocketship!
Also, I would recommend swimmers bring a bottle of water.
We are going to be working a lot on our kicking endurance for the next two weeks, focussing on having small and fast kicks continuously moving through the water. We’re also going to be going over our technique for our freestyle (front crawl) and backstroke to make they are super good. For freestyle, focussing on keeping our kick going and our ear glued to our arm when we turn to breath. For backstroke, kicking with our feet at the surface, pushing our tummies up and our chin back.
I can’t wait to get started! See you guys on the pool deck!