Frequently Asked Questions

We get all kinds of questions from all over the world about who we are and what we do.

Below is a list of those most commonly asked. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, contact us via email or phone.

We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

General Questions

Where do you hold your swimming lessons and courses?

We offer Swim Pods and weekend clinics at various locations throughout the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, including:

  • YWCA
  • Vancouver Aquatic Centre
  • Jewish Community Centre
  • West Vancouver Aquatic Centre

Our Open Water courses are held every summer at Jericho Beach, Vancouver.

Where can I find your technique videos?

We have a Youtube site at http://www.youtube.com/SeaHikerVideo. If you have questions about our video clips, feel free to post comments directly on Youtube or if you would like us to post a video on a certain topic or question, please drop us an email.

Can I transfer my registration?

Yes. We’d be happy to transfer your registration. Please note some facilities do not allow this due to system constraints, so we will refund your course fee and you can register at another location if this is required. (This applies to the Jewish Community Centre and YWCA courses).

What happens if I need to cancel a course or lesson?

For private lessons and courses, we ask for a minimum of 24 hours notice or the balance due. Our courses and lessons are in demand, so if you cannot make it at the last minute (unless it is a real emergency) we would be unable to offer your spot to another person.

There are always exceptions to the rule, so please let us know as soon as possible if you cannot make your course or lesson and we will see what we can do.

You can contact our office at 604 947 0403 or via email at info@seahiker.com

 

What kind of swimming system or approach do you use?

If we use a system, its only feature would be that we look to help people with their individual needs. We’ve found that one size does not fit all.

Our focus rests on what skills enable people to succeed across a range of activities and sports. Body awareness and the ability to guide one’s own practice into what works best for each individual person are the foundations of our approach.

Do you offer Total Immersion swimming instruction?

Sea Hiker offered Total Immersion coaching for our first two and a half years. Since then we’ve evolved from that excellent foundation to offer instruction we feel addresses many areas that the Total Immersion system does not cover. It also offers us more flexibility to offer you tailored instruction, whether in a private lesson, weekly course or weekend clinic.

If you have pervious experience with Total Immersion, you are welcome to speak with us about how we can help you make the most of TI instructional materials, or use what you’ve learned previously and progress further in your swimming.

Am I good enough to take a lesson or course with Sea Hiker?

Yes. All you need is an interest to learn and try something new. If you have that, everything else will follow.  We all started from scratch in the beginning, so that is just normal.

We specialize in helping people feel comfort and confidence in the water, no matter what activity you want to pursue. In fact, we feel we understand the beginner’s experience better than most coaches and know what approaches make it easy and fun to learn.

How much is a private lesson?

Private lessons start from $85 per hour + HST. The price includes pool admission, lane rental and our instruction fee. All Sea Hiker private lessons are backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. For more information on rates, semi-private lessons and location details, please contact our office via email or phone at info@seahiker.com or 604 947 0403.

What is a Swim Pod?

A Sea Hiker swim pod not just another workout session. Each swim pod is designed as a stand alone course so that you learn new topics each week to improve your swimming. Swim pods generally have only one or two lanes of swimmers (usually up to 6 swimmers per lane). The small class size reflects our preferred coach to swimmer ratio, which we feel is necessary for the best results.

Courses & Lessons

How long is a Swim Pod?

Most Swim Pods are usually 7 weeks long, although this can vary slightly, depending on the facility where they are held. Check the Swim Pod you wish to sign up for to confirm how long it will run.

What is included in the price of a Swim Pod?

Each swim pod includes one-on-one feedback, video analysis, personalized advice, regular practice sessions and work outs to use in your own time. In addition all Sea Hiker clients have access to our an online practice guides, including reference videos and tips on how to overcome common pitfalls.

The pool admission fee is also included for each facility.

Where are the Open Water courses held?

Our open water courses are held at Jericho Beach, Vancouver, BC. For details on where to meet your group, please refer to your specific open water course.

How long are the Open Water courses?

Each open water course is usually 7 weeks in length. They are held during the summer months, starting in June.

Where do you hold your swimming lessons and courses?

We offer Swim Pods and weekend clinics at various locations throughout the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, including:

  • YWCA
  • Vancouver Aquatic Centre
  • Jewish Community Centre
  • West Vancouver Aquatic Centre

Our Open Water courses are held every summer at Jericho Beach, Vancouver.

Where can I find your technique videos?

We have a Youtube site at http://www.youtube.com/SeaHikerVideo. If you have questions about our video clips, feel free to post comments directly on Youtube or if you would like us to post a video on a certain topic or question, please drop us an email.

Can I transfer my registration?

Yes. We’d be happy to transfer your registration. Please note some facilities do not allow this due to system constraints, so we will refund your course fee and you can register at another location if this is required. (This applies to the Jewish Community Centre and YWCA courses).

What happens if I need to cancel a course or lesson?

For private lessons and courses, we ask for a minimum of 24 hours notice or the balance due. Our courses and lessons are in demand, so if you cannot make it at the last minute (unless it is a real emergency) we would be unable to offer your spot to another person.

There are always exceptions to the rule, so please let us know as soon as possible if you cannot make your course or lesson and we will see what we can do.

You can contact our office at 604 947 0403 or via email at info@seahiker.com

 

What kind of swimming system or approach do you use?

If we use a system, its only feature would be that we look to help people with their individual needs. We’ve found that one size does not fit all.

Our focus rests on what skills enable people to succeed across a range of activities and sports. Body awareness and the ability to guide one’s own practice into what works best for each individual person are the foundations of our approach.

Do you offer Total Immersion swimming instruction?

Sea Hiker offered Total Immersion coaching for our first two and a half years. Since then we’ve evolved from that excellent foundation to offer instruction we feel addresses many areas that the Total Immersion system does not cover. It also offers us more flexibility to offer you tailored instruction, whether in a private lesson, weekly course or weekend clinic.

If you have pervious experience with Total Immersion, you are welcome to speak with us about how we can help you make the most of TI instructional materials, or use what you’ve learned previously and progress further in your swimming.

How will I be able to remember everything we covered in the lesson?

We will send you review notes and practice guides to look at following each lesson or course session, but the best way to remember things and actually learn them is to practice.

Even better, practice and make a list of questions for us next time. Pose questions to yourself and try to answer them. For example, what happens to my front arm when I try to breathe in freestyle? Does it stay put, move, sink, slip, wobble? Design experiments to find the answers for yourself. This kind of practice will accelerate your learning!

Am I good enough to take a lesson or course with Sea Hiker?

Yes. All you need is an interest to learn and try something new. If you have that, everything else will follow.  We all started from scratch in the beginning, so that is just normal.

We specialize in helping people feel comfort and confidence in the water, no matter what activity you want to pursue. In fact, we feel we understand the beginner’s experience better than most coaches and know what approaches make it easy and fun to learn.

How much is a private lesson?

Private lessons start from $85 per hour + HST. The price includes pool admission, lane rental and our instruction fee. All Sea Hiker private lessons are backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. For more information on rates, semi-private lessons and location details, please contact our office via email or phone at info@seahiker.com or 604 947 0403.

Can I really get better in only a few hours?

Yes, for most triathletes, our coaching will make an instant difference in how you swim and approach your training.

First, we start with giving you a clear understanding of why you’re struggling or at a plateau.

Then we show you how to feel the difference between what you’re doing now and what you should be doing in clear exercises.

And last, we lead you through drills, short swims and exercises that help you feel yourself swimming better. So that when you leave the clinic, you know what you need to practice and how to improve in each practice.

We limit the topics of each clinic so we can stay focused on what’s going to help you the most during those few hours. This keeps things clear and keeps your practices simple.

That allows you to focus on your training with confidence.

What is a Swim Pod?

A Sea Hiker swim pod not just another workout session. Each swim pod is designed as a stand alone course so that you learn new topics each week to improve your swimming. Swim pods generally have only one or two lanes of swimmers (usually up to 6 swimmers per lane). The small class size reflects our preferred coach to swimmer ratio, which we feel is necessary for the best results.

What are the prerequisites for the Level 1 Swim Pod?

No swimming experience is necessary for this Swim Pod, however you should be relatively comfortable being in the water. If you have fear that prevents you from putting your face in the water with relative ease, please contact us first before signing up. We’d be happy to speak to you in detail about the best way to help you. We may recommend Water Confidence private lessons as a starting point.

Is the Level 1 Swim Pod suitable for me?

If you want to start out with ease, this is the right class for you. You may also find this class helpful if you have never had a lesson for freestyle and backstroke before.

What are the prerequisites for the Level 2 Swim Pod?

You should be able to swim 25m of freestyle or backstroke to attend this swim pod. You should also be relatively comfortable in the deep end of the pool. If you have fear that prevents you from swimming with ease, contact us for help at 604 947 0403 or at info@seahiker.com

Is the Level 2 Swim Pod for me?

If you are looking to build your ability to swim multiple laps and build confidence in the water, this Swim Pod is for you.

What are the prerequisites for the Level 3 Swim Pod?

Completion of Level 1 and Level 2 Swim Pods. If you have not taken a Sea Hiker course or swim pod previously, you should be able to swim 50m non stop to attend this swim pod.

Is the Level 3 Swim Pod suitable for me?

Yes! If you have been coached on freestyle fundamentals, propulsion skills and efficiency and now you want to apply these to longer and more intense practices while staying relaxed and in good form.

What are the prerequisites for the Level 4 Swim Pod?

You should be able to swim 500m non-stop at a relaxed pace, and several intervals of 100m with 10-15 seconds rest.

Is the Level 4 Swim Pod suitable for me?

Yes! if you have been coached on freestyle fundamentals, propulsion skills and efficiency and now you want to apply these to longer and more intense practices while staying relaxed and in good form.

What are the prerequisites for the Level 5 Swim Pod?

You should be able to swim 500m non-stop, and several intervals of 200m with rest.

You should also have taken the Level 4 Triathlon Swim Pod or had equivalent technique coaching from Sea Hiker coaching staff. If you haven’t please call or email us for a consultation at 604 947 0403 or info@seahiker.com

Is the Level 5 Swim Pod suitable for me?

Yes! If you have been coached on freestyle fundamentals, propulsion skills and efficiency and now you want to apply these to longer and more intense practices while staying relaxed and in good form.

Locations

Where are the Open Water courses held?

Our open water courses are held at Jericho Beach, Vancouver, BC. For details on where to meet your group, please refer to your specific open water course.

Where do you hold your swimming lessons and courses?

We offer Swim Pods and weekend clinics at various locations throughout the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, including:

  • YWCA
  • Vancouver Aquatic Centre
  • Jewish Community Centre
  • West Vancouver Aquatic Centre

Our Open Water courses are held every summer at Jericho Beach, Vancouver.

Swimming

My problem is breathing, how can you help me?

Breathing is one of the most common obstacles for triathletes. Bad breathing habits tend to throw off everything else in the stroke and increase anxiety. We’ll show you why and what to do about it in the Tri Skills Clinic.

What is a Swim Pod?

A Sea Hiker swim pod not just another workout session. Each swim pod is designed as a stand alone course so that you learn new topics each week to improve your swimming. Swim pods generally have only one or two lanes of swimmers (usually up to 6 swimmers per lane). The small class size reflects our preferred coach to swimmer ratio, which we feel is necessary for the best results.

 

 

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