Wayne's Wisdom

5 Swim Sets You Have to Try Before You Die; And, What's Your Favorite?

5 Things You Must Do If You Want to Fail at Swimming

What is Coaching? A List That Highlights What Makes a Successful Coach

3 Signs Of a Bad Coach

20 Things Coaches CAN Do To Be A Lighthouse For Swimmers In Corona Season

Six Key Lessons From Coaching Legends That Should Be Adopted

Swim Parents: Top-10 Things They Don't Like to See From a Coach


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5 Things You Must Do If You Want to Fail at Swimming

Wayne Goldsmith There's a lot of swimming articles about how to be successful: bet you've never read one that will tell you 5 Things You Must Do If You Want to Fail at Swimming. There must be a lot of swimmers who prefer to fail than to succeed.....because in every squad, in every city, in every nat...

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3 Signs Of a Bad Coach

By Wayne Goldsmith. It's easy to spot a good coach - energy, passion, enthusiasm, dedication, connection with their swimmers, knowledge...and it's just as easy to identify terrible coaches. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcT93A_6s4E&t=7s So how do you identify terrible coaches? Terrible coaches "Te...

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Six Key Lessons From Coaching Legends That Should Be Adopted

By Wayne Goldsmith (On Coaching Legends) Through the years, Wayne Goldsmith has had the opportunity to attend and speak at some of the world's most prestigious and important swimming coaching conferences, including The Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association (ASCTA) Convention, the Amer...

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Swim Parents: Top-10 Things They Don't Like to See From a Coach

Swimming Coaches & Parents Yesterday, we ran a previously published piece in which Wayne Goldsmith took a look at 10 things parents do that irritate coaches. Well, there is another side of that coin. So, Goldsmith also took a glance at things that coaches do that get to parents. Those points are emp...


Swimming Parents: Top-10 Ways They Can Get Under a Coach's Skin

This article on swimming parents by Wayne Goldsmith originally ran a few years ago, but the heart of the piece remains true and unchanged. Take a few minutes to read the insights below and reflect on what the author is saying. It could be helpful in generating harmony between key parties in a swimme...

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'Leading Without Leading' Offers New Perspective on Leadership

There's a lot of stuff around about Leadership...books, videos, DVDs, courses, conferences, training programs....seems like everyone's got something to say - and something to sell - about Leading, Leaders and Leadership. Wayne Goldsmith's new book "Leading Without Leading" isn't selling anything - e...

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Competitive Swimming is In Crisis Unless...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3AiNAei8Oo&t=4s Competitive Swimming is in crisis…..UNLESS….. By Wayne Goldsmith There is no doubt that Competitive Sport around the world is in crisis. In some places, particularly in rural and regional areas, some sports - particularly the traditional Olympic sport...

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The Pool Pathway-More Problems Than It's Worth

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAytQI-MdvI The Pool Pathway By Wayne Goldsmith Every national swimming association around the world has some sort of swimmer development pathway - what I call the pool pathway. It's a model and a system which has been around for more than 50 years in some form - and ...

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A Morning with the Master: On Deck with Coach Bill Sweetenham

A Morning with the Master: On Deck with Coach Bill Sweetenham By Wayne Goldsmith I’ve known Coach Bill Sweetenham for a long time. He’s been one of the strongest and most positive influences on my life and he continues to be a respected colleague, a trusted mentor and a great personal friend. Everyw...

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The Main Set: A Revolution in Swimming Workouts

By Wayne Goldsmith. 20 x 100 on 1:45 16 x 200 on 2:30 40 x 50 on 1:00 6 x 400 on 6:15 Anyone who's had any involvement with the sport of swimming would be familiar with the concept of a Main Set. Those combinations of repeats and rest times (intervals) that are the focus - the emphasis of all swimmi...

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Coaching Success: Finding Your Coaching Heart

By Wayne Goldsmith. The most important question any swimming coach seeking coaching success can ask, is "Why Do I Coach"? When I work with swimming coaches around the world, I usually start my "coach-the-coaches" sessions with that question: Why Do You Coach? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbM-l7_3...

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Three Things Good Coaches Do

By Wayne Goldsmith. There are coaches. And there are good coaches. Coaches who do things right - and do the right things - the things that will help the swimmers and the teams they coach to be all they can be. So what is it that good coaches do that sets them apart? What are the things that good coa...

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Coach Development: How Coaches Learn

By Wayne Goldsmith https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O87MG5dGPps&t=1s Coach Development: How Coaches Learn. By Wayne Goldsmith It's pretty simple logic. Swimmers want to get better at what they do. The first and most important step of getting better is learning. Therefore, the more swimmers learn - th...

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Swimming Stress: Stop Worrying - Keep Swimming

Swimming Stress: Stop Worrying - Keep Swimming. By Wayne Goldsmith One of the most common questions I get asked by swimmers, coaches and parents is how to deal with pre-race nervousness: what I call Swimming Stress. People of all ages and in all walks of life experience a degree of stress everyday: ...

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The Swimming Zone

The Swimming Zone. By Wayne Goldsmith You’re traveling through another swimming dimension—a dimension not only of muscles and tendons, but of mind...a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's a signpost up ahead—your next stop: the Swimming Zone! (with apologies ...