TSS Aquatic is the leading age group swimming club in Australia. Operating out of The Southport School, our club comprises of approximately 250 members from both the TSS cohort and wider Gold Coast community.
TSS Aquatic caters for a wide variety of swimmers, both boys and girls from learn to swim through to an elite level. Our highly trained swimming coaches and superb swimmer to coach ratios allows every swimmer to reach their full potential and realise their dreams.
Summer is here, therefore it is appropriate for this Coaches Forum to talk about probably the most important swimmer management topic for the summer months - HYDRATION!!!
It is vital that all swimmers hydrate properly during every swimming session. I know that if we can all improve on the amount we are drinking during training and throughout the day this will directly affect
our performances at training.
Hydration is also vital on race day. I say to the swimmers that your drink bottle is your 'best friend' at swim meets; you do not go anywhere without it!
The target for the squad swimmers who train for 2 hours+ morning and night is to drink 2 litres of fluid in every session. If you cannot get through 2 litres per session then, like anything you can teach you body to take in this amount of fluid through small sips at every rest interval. Swimmers often come back with the response "I feel sick if I drink too much during the session" and the response is that you can increase your fluid intake gradually with constant sipping, not gulping the fluid down! It might mean drink 1 litre for a period and then slowly increase to 1.5 litres… I suggest to the swimmers that if they are drinking 2 litres per session they should drink 1 litre of water and 1 litre of something else, be it Gatorade or cordial.
Liam du Feu