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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.

Where it all started.. Lake Tahoe

Suzie Dods

This past Friday I had the chance to crew for a complete stranger on a cross Tahoe swim.

As I drove up to Truckee, I kept thinking back to when I swam Tahoe with the infamous Dave Kenyon as my pilot in a little rib, starting at 6AM for the width and a 1AM start for the Dollar Point to Reagan's Beach. I remember my dad being so proud, me being so scared and at the finish I looked like a wet rag, worn out and all wrinkled. Arriving at Tahoe Keys at 2AM, the stars just blazing in the night sky was wonderful!

But what really struck me , again, was the fact that my dad was about  the age I am now, about 50 (plus). And how quickly time goes by. Those were good times, I was young ,oh so young and had no idea what I was doing ( not much has changed!) and he was young, his family just beginning to grow up and out of the house and his practice making a living for him and my mom.

I think he would be glad to see me going back to the beginning, seeing it from a different perspective and hopefully helping others along the way. 

Tahoe is a beautiful lake and will forever hold a soft spot in my heart and memories.

I am glad that there are more and more people taking it on as a challenge and glad to see that there are people like Tom Linthicum taking on the challenge of piloting and helping to organize crossings.