It’s not often that you find a group of swimmers who aren’t negative about an extra long swim practice. Scratch that. Not negative, but ecstatic to do one. This past weekend we had the pleasure of sitting in on a practice led by Dave Gibson and his group of swimmers from Swim Fort Lauderdale at the historic Hall of Fame aquatic complex. Every year, Dave holds a practice that spans 12-hours in length, covering mental toughness, team bonding, and goal setting…not to mention over 20,000 yards of swimming, dryland, and some Open Water opportunities.

We had the pleasure of swimmers in the group becoming our resident reporters for Florida Swim Network as they took to Facebook Live to check in with various parts of their 12-hour practice day. Philippe Marcoux (Yale Commit) and Allison Kopas (Nebraska Commit), two stars from the SFTL group, are the main personalities taking us through the annual practice. One thing’s for sure, this group of swimmers deserve some serious props for what they were able to accomplish, and Coach Gibsons unique training opportunity is something that other coaches should take into consideration.

Here’s what our reporters had to say:

Here’s how the day was broken down:

6:00am.  Dryland

7:00am.  Pool WO #1

9:15am.  Team Breakfast

9:30am.  Team Meeting//Video/Bonding


10:30am.  Beach Ultimate Frisbee

11:30am.  Pool WO #2

1:15pm     Team Lunch

1:30pm     Team Meeting/Team Building/Goals

2:30pm.    Ocean Swim

3:30pm.    Dryland

4:00pm.    Pool WO #3

6:00pm.    Team Dinner/Wrap-up

20,000 yards + Open Water Swim

Written by Ryan Rosenbaum