Resources for Athletes and Coaches

The links below are Amazon referral links of products I recommend:

Swimming Tools

Finis Agility PaddlesFinis Agility Paddles 

These paddles were discussed on the Swim Myth Busting Podcast: they are ideal for learning an effective catch, where you must press on the water effectively in the correct way. Medium is the right size for most athletes, small for small hands or larger for a different stimulus. 

Finis Instinct Sculling Paddles

Smaller versions of the agility paddles: a good second paddle in the tool kit.

Speedo Power Paddle

Recommended basic flat paddles. Remove the wrist strap.

Finis Pulling Ankle Strap 

A fancy ankle band: you can make a band out of a inner tube, or buy one of these.

Finis Bolster Paddles - Yellow

These paddles don't allow your wrist to break. They require some commitment to be effective. 

Speedo Elite Pullbuoy or Finis Foam Pull Buoy

Basic pull buoys, either will work, nothing fancy.

Finis Swim Parachute - Red

A drag tool - teaches effective catch. Most swimmers should tie a knot before the chute to lessen the drag from 'stock'.

Finis Dry Land Cord

Pre-swim dry land training to set up high elbow catch neuro-muscular patterning. 

Finis Adult Zoomers Gold

Minimalist swim fins


The Science of Winning: Planning, Periodizing and Optimizing Swim Training Kindle Edition

An excellent resource to understand the balance between energy systems.

Meditations (Illustrated) by Marcus Aurelius

The greatest book ever written?

Once a Runner: A Novel

Fictional novel, perhaps the best book ever written about the process of running.

Coaching Essentials

Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones 

Essential for travelling and focus in noisy environments. I've owned a ton of headphones, these are the best.

Moleskine Squared Notebook

The standard black notebook every coach requires.

SEIKO SVAS003 Swimming Master Stopwatch

Expensive but the gold standard.

Kindle Voyage 3G

Every good coach reads continuously. Get the best distraction free e-reader.

AeroPress Coffee Maker

Essential for the travelling coach and athlete. Bring your own quality beans.