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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.

Filtering by Tag: pool swimming

The Tide May Have Turned

Suzie Dods

Two weeks now, holding steady with regular training, with a clock and a workout and everything.

Nothing big, nothing major but I am making it to the pool even when I really just want to go lie down. Hitting my goals yardage wise( again, nothing major but a goal is a goal)

Come April, the trick will be to get "feet on the floor" in the morning after a whole winter of after work swimming. Glad I don't have to do it the first week of daylight savings.


Suzie Dods

While I have SCAR coming up the beginning of May  and MIMS the end of July, I am still struggling to get back into the habit of training. Note I said training, not swimming. I am swimming about 5 days a week. Not hard and not long but swimming. Saturday was a joy, I actually swam twice.It was sunny and flat and warm so it certainly wasn't hard to do. I even got in a little dip Sunday before the clinic. 

What I can't seem to do is swim hard or long. I am finding it difficult to get "feet on the floor" in the morning. My head knows I need to get up and stretch and get to work, but my body just does not want to do it.

I know there will be that magic moment when I go" BOOM" UP AT AT' EM". I just hope it's in time.

Still waiting.

Back in the Pool

Suzie Dods

It's been a couple of busy fun weeks, what with the  24 Hour Relay and friends but it's time to get back at it. I have SCAR coming up before MIMS and need to get some quality yardage it.

Unfortunately , one gets OUT of shape alot faster than one gets IN shape.

2200 yards last night, and I felt as if I was swimming through treacle. I got it done and slept like a baby. Baby steps, baby steps.