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San Rafael, CA 94903


This site serves as introduction of Suzie Dods as a swim teacher and coach, provides her qualifications as a swimmer and teacher, and provides a summary of her offerings and swim philosophy.


Float-a-palooza 2016

Sometimes, well a lot of times, you just need to let go and be a kid again. Although this time a kid with a giant floaty toy. A kid with a floating piece of pizza or a blow up "flip flop". 

Yesterday I had the absolute pleasure to witness one of the  most spectacular days on SF Bay in recent memory. I was not  a direct participant but the smiles that are still coming from my memory ot it will last me long into the depths of winter.

I really can't describe what it's like to see a flotilla of giant blow up float toys being towed into Aquatic Park or "adults" who luckily do not always act like adults with these mega-watt smiles on their faces. I will leave you to enjoy the videos taken by Kim Howard and please.. let's all remember to be kids more often.

24 Hour Relay Makes Its 3rd Appearance

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It's been an interesting January 2016. Some pretty deep lows and then the end of the month brought the 3rd iteration of the 24 Hour Relay. 

The relay is a bastardization of the 24 Hour Swims in La Tuque Canada that were held in the 1960's. I read about them in "Wind Waves and Sunburn" and always thought that Aquatic Park in San Francisco would be a perfect venue. I also needed something to take my mind off a cluster**** of a  2013MIMS and wanted to be the "anti MIMS". No essay, no website, cheap and convivial.And so it has become.

The first year brought torrential rain and wind ( the only rain for  2014 in SF) and 47 swimmers.I

It was an exercise in flexibility and adaptation but we also had a hell of a lot of fun. 

2015 brought warm water and frightenly warm air as well. I was in charge of the food and it was crap. 

2016 brought colder water and air but no rain. Which is great for the kayakers and helpers but sucks for California.

We had 42 swimmers, some veterans and some newbies and an international flair as well. 2016 also turned out a heap of experienced volunteers so that meant that I could actually swim. Wow... this thing tests your mettle.

Lisa A has done a superb video that makes it look like alot of fun... which it is.

I have copied the link.. watch it and put it on your calendar for the first week of Feb 2017