Swim Smart Coaching Sessions with Chris Gaffney
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The Swim Smart Personal Coaching Program gives swimmers of all levels the chance to work one-on-one with a highly skilled and experienced competitive swim coach. Your coach will discuss and review any concerns you have regarding your performance and will provide analysis and solutions that will help you achieve your peak performance. Sessions may include above and/or underwater video review, along with a plan of action to maintain performance.
Swim Smart Personal Coaching sessions are open to all SJAC members as well as the general public.
Chris Gaffney comes with many years of coaching experience across all levels of the sport of swimming. He grew up in the South Jersey area and went on to swim at Southern Illinois University where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education Teacher Education with a minor in Coaching. After earning his Bachelor's Degree, he stayed on at SIU as th Graduate-Assistant Swimming & Diving Coach while he earned his Masters of Science Degree in Kinesiology, with a specialization in Sport Psychology and Exercise Science.
Upon graduation, Chris had the opportunity to coach and teach in Phuket, Thailand. He was the Head Age Group Coach at Thanyapura Sports and Leisure Club and then went on to be the Assistant High Performance Swim Coach & Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the British International School in Phuket. During this time, Chris's athletes brought in more than 60 National Records across 7 countries, had athletes participate in the Youth Olympic Games, Southeast Asian Games, World Championships and the Rio Olympic Games in 2016. He is an ASCA (USA) Level 4 as well as an ASCTA (Australia) Silver Level Swim Coach. Chris is a coach for both the Platinum and Gold Groups and he also teaches Health and Physical Education in the Winslow Township School District.