Women First Swimming

  • Women First Swimming

    WOMEN FIRST SWIMMING is a year-round program open to women of all ages and abilities who are looking to improve their form and endurance while also enjoying the fun and comraderie of a women-only class. Many of the women in the program are training for triathlons or open water swims.
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Archive for September, 2010

Splash into Fall

Posted by coachlisa on September 24, 2010

Greetings Mermaid Vets and Mermaids Soon-to-be-in-training,

Balcones Pool is awaiting you all to make a big splash to start off the Fall program tomorrow morning Saturday Sept 25 at 8:30 am. Coach Sara and Coach Rachel will be on deck to guide you through another 10 classes through to Dec 4. The fall program will also include an underwater video analysis class (date TBA). Note, that we won’t have class on Nov 27 (Thanksgiving weekend). And, we’ll throw in a twist this session with 2 classes at the Dick Nichols Pool on Oct 16 and Nov 20 (including Vertical kicking of course!).

For those new, find directions to Balcones Neighborhood Pool at 12012 Amherst Dr in Northwest Austin at this link. It is a heated pool (not that you need heat in Austin this time of year!) with full showers and change rooms available.

Please welcome new mermaids (in pink):
Lina Daugvilaite
Virginia Pfeifle
Vaishno D
Sylvan Fluharty
Lauren White
Emily Joyce
Jennifer Andrews

Please arrive 10-15 minutes early for the start of a new class and new introductions. For new mermaids, you’ll need only your swim cap, goggles, and towel. We also ask new mermaids to fill out an INFO Sheet prior to starting the program and send back to us.

As a reminder to everyone, sessions are only cancelled in the event of lightning, thunder or temps below zero. If there are last minute cancellations or changes of pools, Sara and I will do our best to contact you by email and/or phone. That is why it is important we have your most current contact info in our roster. So if you’ve had a change in your contact info, please contact me.

As in the past, we’ll offer a COMPLIMENTARY CLASS (all 10 sessions for free) to the mermaid with 100% attendance. Regular diligent practice is the key to improving and mastering your swim skills, so the Women First program really likes to emphasize and reward the participation aspect. Some of our past winners include Sandy Morris and Sarah Pruiett  (our tied spring winners) and Lisa Paulson (summer).

If you’d like to read more about what other mermaids are saying about the class check out our Testimonial page. We’re always open to comments and suggestions from you. We’re also on Facebook so join us there, and feel free to share the program with your friends and colleagues.

happy swimming,
coach Lisa

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Fall Session to start Sept 25!

Posted by coachlisa on September 10, 2010

Mermaids,

The fall session will start Sept 25 with 10 sessions in total on Saturday mornings at our usual time of 8:30 am, with one Saturday break for Thanksgiving November 27. A new twist for the fall will be a change of scenery for 2 sessions at the big Dick Nichols pool in Southwest Austin. These dates will be Oct 16 and Nov 20. Coach Sara and Rachel will be back on deck with back up assistants Huddie and Sarah W.

Send me an email to register officially for the class, and follow the payment instructions here.

The 2-for-1 incentive is back! We’ll be offering two 2-for-1 spots on a first-come-first-serve basis. This is an incentive for signing up NEW rookie mermaids, so the ‘2’ needs to be a veteran and a rookie or two rookies.

Also, we always love hearing your feedback and testimonials. We’d like to share the latest Testimonial from veteran mermaid Lisa Paulson who enjoyed the recent video analysis to help with form feedback. We hope you enjoyed the video analysis and comments — if there is further feedback about this, we’d like to hear more from you. We’re also on Facebook so we appreciate you sharing the program with your friends and colleagues.

happy swimming,

Coach Lisa

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Summer Attendence winners announced!

Posted by coachlisa on September 9, 2010

Mermaids,

The Summer session finished off on August 28 with great attendance by all. 75 percent of mermaids were at 7 or more classes out of the full 10. Regular diligent practice is the key to improving and mastering your swim skills, so the Women First program really likes to emphasize and reward the participation aspect.

There was a tie by 2 mermaids for PERFECT attendance so a draw was made…with one mermaid winning the complimentary fall session and the second a free signed copy of my book Triathlon for Women.

And the drumroll please….

Our Summer Attendance winners are: Lisa Paulson (complimentary session) and Sara Erwa (complimentary book).

Well done ladies…the fall session is just around the corner!

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