This is a formal Request For Discussion (RFD) for the creation of a swim notation system that will allow for easy translation from one coach to another, one swimmer to another, despite the disparity in language or culture.
Premise: Music has used a notation system for nearly 1,500 years thereby allowing us to play music from as far back as the 6-century BC. Ballet has it it's own notation format that has allowed ballets from as far back as 1844 to be recreated.
Currently, swim workouts use varying forms of notation, sometimes simply written in language form, and those more ambitious simply using math symbols. It is said that "Mathematics is the language of the universe..." hence that could be a good "starting gate" to launch our "race."
When searching for swim workouts across the web, I have found that there is no published standard as to how workouts should be notated. What this RFD should have as it's goal is a way to create a standard that is interchangeable in any language. Hence my math reference.
Some day the Smithsonian may request Bob Bowman's notes as to see what Michael Phelps swam on an average day; a standardized notation format will allow for no interpretation and provide a true interchange of knowledge.
Once these details are worked out, a Wikipedia article would be written with a glossary of terms and symbols therein; (We could also do this concurrently), and you the contributor will know that you have moved the sport forward.
Sample work out in one's native language. Header should include: Type of workout, author, date, swim club or swimmer.
- Distance Free 3,650 Yards
- Designed by Susan Suomu, altered by Tony Austin
- 1-2-2012 Culver City Plunge
- SCAQ swim club
- Warm-up: 1200-yards
- 400 Swim
- 4 x [2 x 75s Free + 1 x 50 Kick]
- 75's descend by :05 seconds each round starting at 1:15
- Kick interval @:55
- Total Yardage: 2100-yards
- 4 X 150's @ 2:00, 150 fast @ 1:45
- 3 X 150's @ 1:55, 150 fast @ 1:45
- 2 X 150's @ 1:50, 150 fast @ 1:45
- 1 X 150 @ 1:45, 150 fast @ 1:45
- Total Yardage: 50-yards
- 1 x 50 Swim, easy
Total Yardage: 300-yards
12 x 25's Free @ :40
25s descend 1-4, 5-8, 9-12
Total Workout Yardage: 3,600