My Pattern Book

Around five years ago I started writing my pattern book. At the time I was not clear what the finished product would look like. I am excited to say that after many years of writing and working with business coaches I finally have a published copy in my hands.

Writing the book taught me so many things about myself. I had to deal with self-doubt, procrastination and fear that no one would buy the book. As I look back now I can appreciate how much I have grown. I’ve been told the first book is the hardest to complete. It’s true.

I want to share with you a bit more about the book and how it can really help you at your practice.

Before I had my book published, at the start of each season I would make pages of patterns and pattern changes I thought I would like to use. At practice I could easily find the patterns I wanted. There was one problem with this technique. I used only popular patterns and patterns I liked. With my book I now options beyond the usual patterns including unique pattern changes.

I know that we all don’t have the luxury of teams of eight swimmers and that is why there is a chapter dedicated to teams of four, five, six, seven and eight. The first section of each chapter in the book has as many patterns I could think of. Below is an example of the patterns that are in each chapter. The symbol below the pattern shows the direction the patterns may work on depending on your choreography.Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 9.56.45 AMScreen Shot 2015-02-18 at 9.57.29 AMScreen Shot 2015-02-18 at 9.56.17 AM Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 9.58.13 AMScreen Shot 2015-02-18 at 9.58.42 AM

After each section on patterns, there is a section on specific patterns with swimmer numbers so you know where the best spot is for the swimmer to go. Below is an example from the chapter for teams of six.

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The final part of each section is called synchronization options. It is meant to give you ideas for different timing your swimmers could perform. Depending on your choreography there is more options than you may think. Play around with where the swimmers face along with the different synchronization.

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If you would like to get more information about the book click here. I would really appreciate if you could share this blog post with others.

Yours in Synchro,

Vanessa Keenan


  1. Olga Saperc on August 31, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    Thankyou Vanessa. In a simple way you summ-up these pattern changes that make it easily understandable for swimmers. Cheers from Uruguay !!

  2. Olga Saperc on August 31, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    Thankyou Vanessa. In a simple way you summ-up these pattern changes making them easily understandable for the swimmers. Cheers from Uruguay !!. Olga

  3. Olga Saperc on August 31, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    How can I get the full book ?

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