Category Archives: 7. Swimming World

How are you Ranked?

How do your swimming times rank in your home country?

2011 national rankings posted

Several national federations now post annual national rankings on their websites. Some of these (for 2011) can be found online here:

-Australia (top-25s for Men/Women and Boys/Girls)

-Brazil (top-25s by age category, including an “open” listing)

-Canada (top-10s by age category, including an “open” listing)

-France (searchable)

–one list (top-25):

-Great Britain (searchable)

-Italy (searchable)

-50m women:
-50m men:
-50m girls:
-50m boys:
-25m women:
-25m men:

-South Africa (top-100 rankings for 2010-11 and 2011-12 (May-April))

-Spain (searchable)

-USA (searchable)

European rankings are available online here:

Austria (searchable, and by category)



Czech Republic (by age category)




Morocco (for 2010-11)




Swimming books in the Library

  • Water fun

[ Paperback ]  613.7 LEE    Lees, Terri. Published 2007

  • The ultimate guide to weight training for swimming

[ Paperback ]  613.71 PRI    Price, Robert G.  Published 2005

  • Breakthrough swimming

[ Paperback ]  797.2 COL    Colwin, Cecil. Published 2002

  • The swimming drill book

[ Book ]  797.2 GUZ    Guzman, Ruben J, 1957-  Published 2007

  • Swimming drills for every stroke.

[ Book ]  797.2 GUZ    Guzman, Ruben J., 1957-    Published 1998

  • Coaching swimming successfully.

[ Book ]  797.2 HAN    Hannula, Dick, 1928-   Published 2003

  • Rookie coaches swimming guide

[ Paperback ]  797.2 LEO    Leonard, John, 1948-  Published 1995

  • Swimming fastest

[ Hardcover ]  797.2 MAG    Maglischo, Ernest W.  Published 2003

  • Swimming anatomy

[ Paperback ]  797.2 MCL    McLeod, Ian. Published 2010

  • Complete conditioning for swimming

[ Paperback ]  797.2 SAL    Salo, Dave, 1958-  Published 2008

  • Games gimmicks challenges for swimming coaches

[ Paperback ]  797.2 STE    Steele, Bob. Published 2008

  • Championship swim training

[ Paperback ]  797.2 SWE    Sweetenham, Bill, 1950-Published 2003

  • The swim coaching bible

[ Paperback ]  797.2 SWI    Dick Hannula, Nort Thornton, editors. Published 2001

  • Learning to swim : a memoir

[ Book ]  811 TUR    Turner, Ann.Published 2000

  • Superguides : swimming

[ Book ]  CHI 797.2 CRO    Cross, Rick  Published 2000

  • Let’s get to the point, those who work hard

[ Paperback ]  JAP 921 KIT    Kitajima, Kosuke. Published 2009

  • Swimming world : 2010 August2010 –January2011

[ Serial ]  MAG SWI   Published 2010

Club Distance Time Trails

Sailfish Swim Club 2010

Distance Time Trials

Friday 3rd December 3-5pm

Saturday 4th December 3-5pm

Swimmer Entry Sigh Up Form here –

Parent Volunteer Sign Up Form Here –

U8 and 9/10 swimmers – By request, because distance events take so long, we need to limit the number of people who enter the meet, if you would like to swim please e-mail me.

U8 swimmers

Pick 1 event per day.

Friday – 200IM, 200BF, 200BR, 200BK, 200FR

Saturday – 100 BF, 200 BR, or 200BK

9/10 & 11/12, Swimmers

Pick 2 event Friday, 2 Events Saturday.

Friday – 200IM, 200BF, 200BR, 200BK, 400FR, 200FR

Saturday – 100 BF, 200FR 200BR, 200BK, 400FR, 800FR, 400IM

13 & Over Swimmers

Two events per day.
Friday – 400IM, 100 BF, 200BR, 200BK, 400FR, 200FR

Saturday 100BF, 200FR, 200BR, 200BK, 400FR, 800FR, 400IM


The new captain jumped from the cockpit, fully dressed, and sprinted through the water. A former lifeguard, he kept his eyes on his victim as he headed straight for the owners who were swimming between their anchored sportfisher and the beach. “I think he thinks you’re drowning,” the husband said to his wife. They had been splashing each other and she had screamed but now they were just standing, neck-deep on the sand bar. “We’re fine, what is he doing?” she asked, a little annoyed. “We’re fine!” the husband yelled, waving him off, but his captain kept swimming hard. ”Move!” he barked as he sprinted between the stunned owners. Directly behind them, not ten feet away, their nine-year-old daughter was drowning. Safely above the surface in the arms of the captain, she burst into tears, “Daddy!” How did this captain know, from fifty feet away, what the father couldn’t recognize from just ten? Drowning is not the violent, splashing, call for help that most people expect. The captain was trained to recognize drowning by experts and years of experience. The father, on the other hand, had learned what drowning looks like by watching television. If you spend time on or near the water (hint: that’s all of us) then you should make sure that you and your crew knows what to look for whenever people enter the water. Until she cried a tearful, “Daddy,” she hadn’t made a sound. As a former Coast Guard rescue swimmer, I wasn’t surprised at all by this story. Drowning is almost always a deceptively quiet event. The waving, splashing, and yelling that dramatic conditioning (television) prepares us to look for, is rarely seen in real life. The Instinctive Drowning Response – so named by Francesco A. Pia, Ph.D., is what people do to avoid actual or perceived suffocation in the water. And it does not look like most people expect. There is very little splashing, no waving, and no yelling or calls for help of any kind. To get an idea of just how quiet and undramatic from the surface drowning can be, consider this: It is the number two cause of accidental death in children, age 15 and under (just behind vehicle accidents) – of the approximately 750 children who will drown next year, about 375 of them will do so within 25 yards of a parent or other adult. In ten percent of those drownings, the adult will actually watch them do it, having no idea it is happening (source: CDC). Drowning does not look like drowning – Dr. Pia, in an article in the Coast Guard’s On Scene Magazine, described the instinctive drowning response like this: Except in rare circumstances, drowning people are physiologically unable to call out for help. The respiratory system was designed for breathing. Speech is the secondary or overlaid function. Breathing must be fulfilled, before speech occurs. Drowning people’s mouths alternately sink below and reappear above the surface of the water. The mouths of drowning people are not above the surface of the water long enough for them to exhale, inhale, and call out for help. When the drowning people’s mouths are above the surface, they exhale and inhale quickly as their mouths start to sink below the surface of the water. Drowning people cannot wave for help. Nature instinctively forces them to extend their arms laterally and press down on the water’s surface. Pressing down on the surface of the water, permits drowning people to leverage their bodies so they can lift their mouths out of the water to breathe. Throughout the Instinctive Drowning Response, drowning people cannot voluntarily control their arm movements. Physiologically, drowning people who are struggling on the surface of the water cannot stop drowning and perform voluntary movements such as waving for help, moving toward a rescuer, or reaching out for a piece of rescue equipment. From beginning to end of the Instinctive Drowning Response people’s bodies remain upright in the water, with no evidence of a supporting kick. Unless rescued by a trained lifeguard, these drowning people can only struggle on the surface of the water from 20 to 60 seconds before submersion occurs. (Source: On Scene Magazine: Fall 2006) This doesn’t mean that a person that is yelling for help and thrashing isn’t in real trouble – they are experiencing aquatic distress. Not always present before the instinctive drowning response, aquatic distress doesn’t last long – but unlike true drowning, these victims can still assist in their own rescue. They can grab lifelines, throw rings, etc. Look for these other signs of drowning when persons are in the water: Head low in the water, mouth at water level Head tilted back with mouth open Eyes glassy and empty, unable to focus Eyes closed Hair over forehead or eyes Not using legs – Vertical Hyperventilating or gasping Trying to swim in a particular direction but not making headway Trying to roll over on the back Ladder climb, rarely out of the water. So if a crew member falls overboard and every looks O.K. – don’t be too sure. Sometimes the most common indication that someone is drowning is that they don’t look like they’re drowning. They may just look like they are treading water and looking up at the deck. One way to be sure? Ask them: “Are you alright?” If they can answer at all – they probably are. If they return a blank stare – you may have less than 30 seconds to get to them. And parents: children playing in the water make noise. When they get quiet, you get to them and find out why.