Looking for some books for the swimmer in your life (or maybe yourself?) We’ve got you covered with this list of books for different ages and stages of the swimming life. Whether you’re looking for a gift for a serious swimmer or to inspire a future swimmer, there’s something here for everyone.
Need a little inspiration for swimming or life? The Golden Rules by Bob Bowman gives you a list of concepts to follow so you can have success in and out of the water. Bowman coached Michael Phelps to his incredible Olympic victories, so it’s safe to say he knows a thing or two about excellence. This is the perfect gift for someone who is looking to take their swimming goals to the next level. The concepts can be applied to all aspects of your life, so you can also give this to your favorite goal setting friend. They’ll thank you for the gift while taking over the world.
If you’re looking for something more low key, The Joy of Swimming by Lisa Congdon fits the bill. This book is a beauty, filled with drawings, colorful quotes, and portraits. Congdon is a lifelong swimmer and uses her artistic talents to bring a unique, joyful voice to swimming. There are stories from real life swimmers and an emphasis on using swimming as a way of life in and out of the pool. This book will inspire anyone, from serious swimmers to casual doggy paddlers, to jump in the water.
Are you or someone you know looking to improve their swimming technique? Swimming Made Easy by Ace McCloud provides practical strategies for becoming a better swimmer. This book is perfect for a beginner or a more advanced athlete looking to hone their skills. McCloud provides exercises to do out of the pool, as well as techniques to practice while swimming. He will teach you how to become a stronger, more efficient swimmer so you can (literally!) swim laps around the competition.
If you have a disciplined friend who enjoys training for meets, then consider Terri Schneider’s Swimmer’s Workout Handbook. There are 100 workouts, information on swim tests, and guidelines for gear to use when training. The workouts can be modified from beginners to competitive athletes. Perfect for someone who is detail oriented and wanting to improve their swim times.
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If one of the swimmers in your life happens to be a wee one, then our last book is the one for them. Scholastics’ Peppa Goes Swimming features their favorite British pig helping her baby brother swim. George is scared to go swimming and Peppa must help him overcome his fear. Kids will enjoy reading about Peppa and parents will be thrilled to show their little swimmer how to be comfortable in the water.
These five books cover anyone on your gift list or would make a great present to yourself as you explore the world of swimming. Whether you are just getting started or have been swimming for years, you can learn something new to help you improve your technique. Even if you can’t get in the water, being able to read about swimming will keep you motivated and excited to continue swimming. Happy reading by the pool!