Throughout December we surveyed our members to help the new committee get a better understanding of those who are engaged with the club and what they want out of it. Some of the key results are shared below. While the committee can't promise to act on everything we have learned - there are various financial, logistical, and practical considerations to making any changes the club - these results can certainly shape the way we run club in the future.
About the Respondents
How Many Swims Per Week?
This section of the survey was designed to better understand who are members are and what they want from Wett Ones. Designing a survey to do this without unintentionally swaying the results through a leading phrasing is difficult to say the least. Therefore these results are by no means definitive, but they do give a good indication of our member’s motivations and thoughts on the club.
Why do you come back to Wett Ones?
What phrase best describes Wett Ones?
What are your swimming goals?
Questions About Coaching
When thinking of form stroke instruction, coaching should focus on...
What kinds of sets do you prefer?
What masterclass/workshop do want next?
Questions about club finances
How to move to a 'cashless' payment model?
If the club needed more money...
Sunday Session Preferences
Are you a member of Sydney Uni Sports?
And finally, just for fun...
We asked our members if they knew what some key swimming words and phrases mean. Most people knew what all the words meant, but there were some who didn't, so just in case:
Taper - This is the short period just before a competition where your training becomes less intense, to allow your muscles to recover so that they can perform at your best during your race.
Paddles - These are the small moulded plastic or rubber tools which strap to your hand while swimming. They give you a better ability to pull through the water with increased feeling and increase the amount of work that your arms and shoulders are doing. Small paddles are recommended though as they affect your stroke less while still giving you the benefits.
HVO - This is an instruction you will see written by our coaches, and stands for High Velocity Overload/Output. It means swim as fast as you possibly can (above race pace) for an intense burst at the start of a lap (first 15m to 20m) before easing off to recover for the next lap.
Aero - This is instruction is short for aerobic training and has the same meaning in water as it does on land. Basically to push yourself as much as possible without becoming short of breath (i.e. remaining in the aerobic training zone rather than the anaerobic zone). This should be around 70% of your maximum effort.
Carnival - This term is used interchangeably with a club swim meet in Australia. It basically means a serious of races which is hosted by a club under Masters Swimming rules. These are a great opportunity to practice your starts, turns, and swimming at race pace, prior to a big target meet such as OutGames or National Championships (as well being fun events in themselves!).