Mike McCoulf – “I wish I had never stopped”

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I wish I had never stopped: 22 years, a long time.  That is approximately the number of years between swim practices for me. The last one 22 years ago with the Grand Island Swim Club. Back then 5000-6000 yards a day no problem. I miss those days. I went off to college, I tried to work […]

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Shallow Water Blackout Prevention – Survey Results

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Shallow Water Blackout (SWB), until recently, has been a misunderstood and little known phenomenon, especially in competitive swimming. Over the last several months, Vasa shared a series of articles about Shallow Water Blackout and we conducted a survey to learn just how prevalent it has been in the swimming community. The survey results are posted [...] Read More »

Shallow Water Blackout Prevention – Prevention

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Courtesy of Julia Galan This article is the final piece in our three-part series on shallow water blackout that we have published to raise awareness of the issue and help prevent further tragedies from occurring.  Education and awareness are the best ways to prevent pool-based shallow water blackout from happening in the first place. USA […]

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Shallow Water Blackout Prevention – The Facts

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Courtesy of Julia Galan. This article is the second in a series of three on shallow water blackout that we will publish to raise awareness of the issue and help prevent further tragedies from occurring. If you haven’t already please read Part 1  and look for Part 3 which will be posted on Monday, December […]

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Shallow Water Blackout Prevention – The Quiet Killer

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Bohdan Vitenko Photo courtesy of Steve White Jack MacMillan Photo Courtesy of the MacMillan family This article is the first in a series of three on shallow water blackout that we will publishing to raise awareness of the issue and help prevent further tragedies from occurring. Please look for Part 2 which will be posted [...] Read More »

Shallow Water Blackout Prevention

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Shallow Water Blackout: An Interview with Vasa’s Rob Sleamaker By Julia Galan of www.swimspire.com Rob Sleamaker is known by many in the swimming community as the founder of Vasa, Inc., the company behind the Vasa Trainer and Vasa Swim Erg, widely used in the United States and around the world.  Recently, Rob has been on [...] Read More »

Coach Eric Neilsen – “Be the best version of yourself”

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‘Why’ interview with Multi-Sport Coach Eric Neilsen Why do you do what you do? What gets you out of bed in the morning? When I was younger, I was athletic but overweight. I wanted to do sports, but being overweight, I was never comfortable. It was a very challenging time in my life, because that’s when […]

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“This boy lived only 47 minutes. I race for kids like him.”

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Interview with David Nijawan. Why do you do your sport? I do it to help others. To be specific: special needs kids. On the way to a race one day, I sat next to the Executive Director of Ironman for Kids Foundation, which raises money for special needs kids and families. I had always races for […]

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Shallow Water Blackout: One Man’s Second Chance At LIfe

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If you are not familiar with Shallow Water Blackout (SWB), it is essentially when a person “faints” while doing hypoxic swim training, free diving or playing breath holding games in the water. Until recently, SWB has been a little known phenomenon, especially in competitive swimming. The most dangerous risks for SWB are repetitive prolonged breath-holding […]

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