Monday, February 15, 2016

Saturday 1-2pm Open Water Skills: Should It Stay, Or Should It Go? You Decide!

Dear Swimmers

It is with much regret that we contemplate the cancellation of the once very popular Saturday 1-2pm Squad Session which focused on Open Water Skills and a lot of fun!

As you might be aware, I've been personally coaching the session for the last 5 Saturdays whilst we have the international trainee coaches with us, so it's been a good chance for me to see how it's been going and to also then ponder the question: is it still a viable session that people wish to attend?

In it's heyday this session used to attract regularly in excess of 30 people, but as the stats from the last 6-months below show, we are very far from that these days, even despite the current offer of "Bring-A-Mate-For-Five-Bucks":

So could it be that this session has seen better days, combined with an increased race calendar and potentially better access to other weekly sessions now via the well-functioning PAYG (BLUK!) app and thus is no longer serving your needs anymore? Maybe you'd prefer to see it either much earlier in the morning or much later in the afternoon?

It is fair to say that the other 11 sessions in the squad program are proving very popular given the addition of the new PAYG (BLUK!) app and whilst we are keen to look at preserving what is arguably my favourite session to run, reduced numbers in this particular session doesn't actually make for a great session for those who do attend as it's designed to be run, i.e. 12 swimmers vs 24 swimmers involves potentially a much greater spread of ability and thus the difficulty of organising proper drafting group exercises etc to practice your open water skills.

So please, take 2 minutes to tell us what you think!

Please complete the form and I'll collect some data and make an executive decision:

Going forwards:

  • Saturday 20th February = session as normal
  • Saturday 27th February = session cancelled due to the Rottnest Channel Swim
  • Saturday 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th March = session as normal to test the viability 

…a decision will then be made post-26th March one way or the other.

Please have your say!



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