In order to swim fast, you need to learn to swim slow.
That was just one piece of advice offered to swimmers Monday from Victor Wales, head swim coach from the University of Hawai‘i.
About two dozen swimmers of varying ages and skill levels turned out for the first day of a week-long swim camp coordinated by the Mokihana Aquatics swim program.
Several KIF swimmers also worked out in the camp.
“This is quite an opportunity for the swimmers,” Mokihana Aquatics coach Orlando “O” Anaya said. “Swimmers pay several hundred dollars to be able to have a swim camp where they get to work for several hours a day with a coach of Wales’ stature.”
Anaya said the camp will continue through the week with various areas of swimming covered.
Yesterday’s topics included stroke drills and workouts for freestyle and backstroke.
Other areas that are scheduled to be covered include race strategies and distance swimming, stroke drills and workout for breaststroke and butterfly, and starts and turns and sprint work.
Anaya said he was surprised when Wales called him about this camp.
Wales, who finished his second year at the helm of the men and women’s swimming program at UH, was also one of the swimmers who made it to the Olympic trials, Anaya said.
“He worked at the Olympic trials in Breaststroke in 1988 and 1992,” Anaya said.