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Nick Crossman • Swimming Instructor

Team Spotlight | Nick Crossman

Today we highlight another member of the Worcester Fitness Swim Lesson Team, Nick Crossman. Nick has been involved with teaching young people to swim since he was just 16 years old when he became a swim instructor aid.

Nick took a liking to the water even earlier though! He started his own personal swim instruction when he was only three years old in the Water Babies classes and has been on swimming teams since the age of eight.

Nick was also the captain of the swim team at Sandwich High School.

It's no coincidence then that Nick's favorite place to be is at the beach!

When he's not teaching young people to swim or swimming competitively himself, Nick enjoys playing the piano and cooking. Nick is a big proponent of trying new types of food.


This time of year, my friends and family are always seeking out expert advice on how to become a better swimmer. Each week this summer, I will post a practice regimen to take your aspiring fishies from Goldfish all the way to Shark:

Week One: For Goldfish

  1. Swimmers should begin by practicing their flutter kicks while sitting on the wall or the steps. Remind them to point their toes and keep their knees straight.
  2. Swimmers can slide in and complete ten bobs. Remind swimmers to blow bubbles out of their mouths (like blowing out candles on a birthday cake) and out of their noses (try humming under water.)
  3. Swimmers should place noodles under their arms and practice flutter kicking on their fronts.
  4. Next, swimmers should begin “pawing” the water with their arms while they practice flutter kicking on their fronts.
  5. Swimmers should makes spoons (not forks) out of their hands and practice scooping the water with their arms while they practice flutter kicking on their fronts.
  6. Put the noodles up on the wall. Hold swimmers’ hands, pumping their arms while they kick their legs
  7. Swimmers can practice doggy paddle for the length of the shallow end under close supervision
  8. Swimmers should place noodles behind their backs and under their arms (like an armchair) and practice flutter kicking on their backs.
  9. Swimmers should hold onto the wall with one hand, and push off with both feet into streamline position on their fronts.
  10. Swimmers should hold onto the wall with both hands, and push off with both feet into streamline position on their backs.
  11. Swimmers will practice jumping into the water and submerging their heads completely. Encourage swimmers not to wipe water from their eyes.
  12. Practice back floating (wetting hair completely) and front floating. Inhale a breath and spread arms and legs out like a starfish. While floating on your back, tip your chin up to the sky.

*Remember never to practice alone! Swim safely!

sarah copyI’ve had an incredible summer of fitness, family, and fun.

I kicked things off at Gillette Stadium with the Pavement Pack, where we completed our Finish at the 50 10 k. The Patriots laid out a warm welcome complete with my jumbo-tron debut and a stellar fireworks display. (Sadly, Tom Brady was not present to carry me down the field. I’ve been meaning to speak to someone, ahem, Bob, ahem, about this…)

I spent another summer teaching swim lessons at Camp Putnam. This year was extra special because two of my cousins worked along side me as my lovely assistants. There is nothing more empowering than teaching a bunch of needy little guys a lifelong skill.

We were lucky enough to get out on the pond most weekends for some waterskiing. I’ve since learned that some of Worcester Fitness’ Finest frequent our favorite spot for fishing and kayaking. I tried not to scare all of the fish away, but I have a tendency toward spectacular falls while I’m waterskiing, so I make no promises!

When we finally sent home the last group of kids from Camp last Saturday, I drove out to Plymouth for a weekend of paddle boarding that has left my arms and abs aching. I think I even managed some paddle board yoga that would make Robin swoon!

Tonight is the Worcester Fitness 5 k. I’m dragging my little brother along for the fun…here’s hoping he can keep up!

Looking for something to listen to mid-workout? I’m pretty obsessed with the Dan Deacon remix of We Can’t Stop and the Jump Smokers remix of Come and Get It. #SongsOfSummer