How to Swim with John Wayne

Like most swimmers, there are mornings where I’ll stand on deck, toes curled on the edge of the pool, looking at the cool, blue water and think what I would do for just one more hour in my warm bed. In my youth there were times where coach would help quiet any trepidation I had about getting in with a hearty shove.

Many swim coaches will watch the video below and imagine the times that their athlete(s) have procrastinated for two minutes longer then they should have on getting into the pool. Film legend John Wayne, in the 1953 3D western film Hondo lives out every coach’s fantasy by teaching a young boy that all he needs is a little tough love and he can overcome anything, including not knowing how to swim.

[blockquote source=”Hondo”]”Just reach out in front of ya and grab a handful of water.”[/blockquote]

Sound advice.

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Olivier Poirier-Leroy Olivier Poirier-Leroy is the founder of He is an author, former national level swimmer, two-time Olympic Trials qualifier, and swim coach.

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