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Poor Swimming Cure | Swimming Lessons or L.I.Y. (Learn It Yourself)?

Coach Ani de Leon
  • Coach Ani de Leon is a Certified Level 2 Triathlon Coach by the International Triathlon Union and has completed coaching, camp requirements and attended coaching courses such as Endurance Performance Systems Camp in Melbourne, Australia under Tony Benson, Noosa Triathlon Camp in Sunshine Coast, Australia under Nick Croft, High Performance Training Camp in Goldcoast, Australia under Col Stewart, and the Timex Multisport Team Camp,
  • Coach Ani’s other significant highlights include : The first Filipina Ironman World Championships Qualifier and First Female Multisport Coach in the Philippines, Founder/Coach SuperTriKids Triathlon Youth Dev’t Program, Founder/ Coach of First All Womens Running Clinics (Pinay in Action) in the Philippines, Founding Member of First All Womens Cycling Team in the Philippines (Team Davids Salon), and lastly, perhaps the most important of all (for us at least!), she’s our first In[FOCUS] Athlete too!
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Do you really need a coach? Or can you learn it on your own? We got an email from Archi, a newbie wanting to take up triathlon but has poor swimming skills (like most of us!). Read on for Coach Ani’s advice.

From Archi :

I’m planning on joining triathlons this year but I have poor swimming skills, do I need to enroll on formal swim lessons or can I just learn everything by myself using videos and books?

From Coach Ani :

Swimming is one of the most technique-oriented sports, and while you may gain some benefits from watching and reading about it, it is still a long shot from an actual swim expert giving you personal coaching.

I highly recommend enrolling in at least 8 sessions to begin with. It is going to be more difficult for you if you don’t invest in this early on as you may acquire bad habits.

Find a qualified instructor near you so you can see him/ her on a regular basis while you are learning.

All the best!

Coach Ani



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A triathlete making a comeback and a true blue Scorpio. That sums it up quite nicely :)

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