The perfect book for young swimmers

Behind the Goggles” is the ultimate book for children who love to swim. It’s easy to read, has great swimming cartoons, includes many Gold Medal Tips and a collection of the best swimming quotes.


Topics Covered In The Book

Life Skills

The importance of training well and the life skills you will learn from swimming

Improve Stroke

Technique tips on the four strokes - freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly

Refine techniques

How to perfect starts, turns and medleys and the importance of pacing

Preparation Tips

How to prepare for a race meet from 3 months out until the day of the event. 

Healthy Habits

Learn about nutritious eating and how to fuel the body for swim practice and competitions

Timing & Equipment

The importance of the clock and how each piece of equipment can help with improvement

About The Author

Gary Barclay

Behind the Goggles is the culmination of 40 years' of experience as a swimmer, a swimming coach and a swimming parent and combines all of the key information every swimmer should know. The book has been written for an International audience, so no matter where you live in the world… if your child is involved in competition swimming, they will love this book!

Beautiful, hand drawn illustrations

The book contains 123 pages of story driven content that builds swimmers' confidence and knowledge of the sport. 

The information in this book will help children to train, practise and compete at a high level in swimming. The more they learn about swimming, the more they will understand what their coach is talking about and the easier it will be for them to improve.


What Our Readers Say

This book mirrors and reinforces a lot of our swim program. I will be recommending this publication to both parents and students alike.

Informative, easy to read (alone or together) and building skills for life.

From the student struggling in a ‘sea of information;’ to the kids excelling in their swim progression I believe this is a little masterpiece.


Swim Parent

I purchased this book as a gift for my 10 year old daughter who has been swimming competitively for 5 years. This book highlights great techniques and ideas and has a fun way of presenting the information that kids will love. I am 100% satisfied with my purchase and highly recommend this book to anyone who has a child that loves swimming and wants to learn more.


Swim Parent

A great book that I can share with my boys that have been swimming for 3 years and just started to get serious in the last year.

We read to each other and talk about it. As I’m their coach as well we get to share moments out of the pool and learn together. I also get more insight into what they want and where they want to go.


Coach & Swim Parent


Easy to read, for 8-14 year olds

Behind the Goggles is a must-have resource for every junior and age group swimmer. Written in an easy to read style and aimed at 8 to 14 year olds, the book uses terms and references which children and teenagers all over the world will understand.

It is the ultimate book for children who love to swim. Children aged 8 to 14 years who participate in squad training and swim meets, will love Behind the Goggles.