Dive Work with World Record Holder Roland Schoeman

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Roland Schoeman’s dive is recognized world wide as one of the fastest starts in swimming. I’ve interviewed multiple sprinters, including Anthony Ervin and Tom Shields, reference Schoeman’s start. Luckily for me, and luckily for you, I coach at Phoenix Swim Club where Roland is based. So I decided to do a little start work with Roland to figure out how he sets up his dive.

Roland is a 4-time Olympian for South Africa. He won three medals in 2004, one of each color. He is currently the world record holder in the short course meter 50 freestyle (20.30). You can follow him on twitter @Rolandschoeman.

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McGee Moody
8 years ago

Good stuff, Garrett! This is very similar to the start of Steve Crocker, former American Record Holder in the late 80’s. He called it the catapult start. Steve was about 6 ft. tall and was and would breakout ahead of Biondi and Jager, who were 7-8 inches taller. Great interview.

Reply to  McGee Moody
8 years ago

I met Steve at ASCA in Indianapolis in 2010. It was cool to meet the pool record holder in the 50 free at the school I swam at.

8 years ago

I’ve been struggling with my dive for quite some time and was delighted when I saw this video!
It would be amazing to have more videos like this! Roland’s awesome 🙂

8 years ago

Partially correct, Steve was my roommate for sometime and is a bit taller than me and I am 6’2 3/4…not to be too specific!

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No one lives the sport of swimming like Garrett McCaffrey. A Division I swimmer who spent 4 years covering the sport as a journalist, now coaches club swimming and competes as a masters swimmer, Garrett truly lives the sport of swimming. After graduating from University of Missouri’s award winning journalism program …

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