2018 WZID Outstanding Woman Award Recipient, NDPA Lifesaver of the Year Nominee
Carolanne Caron has had many exciting experiences in her life; from things other people have thought she should do, to things SHE has wanted to do. Click here to get a visual introduction to the many layers which have contributed to her life. But, the big question is...does she ever achieve her childhood dream? Keep that question in mind as you get to know Carolanne Caron.
Coach Caron is a 2018 Outstanding Woman Award Recipient and was nominated for Lifesaver of the Year by the National Drowning Prevention Association.
Carolanne Caron discovered her love of swimming very early on – at the tender age of one. As far as her mother was concerned, there was never a question (or a choice) that she and her brothers would learn to swim. When she asked her mother why, Carolanne found out that mom didn’t know how to swim and could not help her and her brothers if they got into trouble in the water.
Over the next several years, Carolanne went through each swim level and set goals to get to the next deeper level of the pool until she finally completed lessons and was trained in water safety. She became a lifeguard, at the age of 15, at the local pool where she learned to swim and spent many happy summers there.
The pool was an escape and a safe place for Carolanne so she thought being a lifeguard would give her the opportunity to continue her love of being in the water and help others feel safe in the water. She quickly learned how hard being a lifeguard actually was because soon after being certified, Carolanne had to make her first rescue.
Here’s what happened in her own words:
“It was a normal swimming day: not too busy, beautifully sunny outside, and everyone was having fun. All of a sudden, while scanning the water, I noticed a swimmer in the middle of the deep end who was struggling and not able to make forward movement. At that time, I was sitting in the tall lifeguard chair, the one spot I dreaded due to the height of the station.
Well, “blow the whistle and jump in” was the training voice that took over and so I jumped into the water. As I swam to the little boy, I saw the look of fear and panic on his face. Once I made the rescue, I could see the look of relief on his face and feel his body relax. That was the day I decided my life’s purpose was to help people be safer around the water.”
Fast forward to high school where most of Carolanne’s friends were boys who were on the swim team. Wanting to be around her friends, she decided to sign up to manage the high school men’s swim team in addition to swimming and diving for the women’s team. That was so much fun, and Carolanne could really tell that her great mentor and swim coach was making a difference in his swimmers lives.
So, by the time she met with her guidance counselor and was asked “What do you want to do after high school?” she said being a swim coach was the right choice for her. After the counselor stopped laughing, Carolanne was told to pick a real career. Well, the next best choice for her was to become an accountant since she was organized, liked working with numbers, and was doing well in her accounting class; but Carolanne secretly harbored the dream of someday being a swim coach.
After college graduation, several successful accounting positions, and several not-so-successful businesses, Carolanne eventually decided to pursue her dream career of becoming a swim coach. After obtaining several certifications in the industry and doing a lot of research, she finally opened Winning Swimming.
At first Carolanne, finally known as Coach Caron, spent a lot of time perfecting her own swimming and competing in triathlons. After several of her fellow competitors asked her to help them with their swim, Coach Caron realized there was a need for a swim coach who specialized in triathlon and technique coaching for competitive swimmers. This realization has lead her to her true purpose in life - helping triathletes and competitive swimmers reach their swimming goals and helping adults learn to swim and reach their goals.
Her mission is clear and simple: to help athletes and adults reach their swimming goals. After all, everyone should be able to “soak up” the joys of swimming!
Certifications and Experience
Coach Caron competes in triathlon events, attends seminars with industry leaders, and is a USA Swimming Certified Coach, an American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Level 2 Certified Coach, Certified Stroke Technician, a Precision Nutrition Level 2 (Pn2) Certified Coach , and a Canfield Certified Trainer in the Success Principles.
Coach Caron has spent years studying different methods of swimming and adopting the pieces which work. She specializes in knowing how to incorporate a good swim into a triathlon event. Triathletes need to have something left for the bike and the run so she will make your swim as efficient and as easy as possible. She also specializes in teaching adults who have a fear of water how to swim.
Coach Caron is the author of Water Safety with Swimmy, Swimmy's Water Safety Coloring Book, and the Water Safety Activity Kit. Visit the Books page here.
Coach Caron can speak on many different topics in the Swimming and Water Safety realm. Topics range from keeping children safer around the water to educating childcare providers and teaching triathletes to be more efficient in the water. To learn more, visit the Speaker page here.
Coach Caron can help you learn to swim or improve your swim. Specialties include teens, adults, people with fear of the water, and multisport athletes. To learn more, visit the Coach page here.
Coach Caron is a media expert for reporters across the country. She has been featured on TV, radio, and print media. She can speak to a variety of swimming and water safety topics. To learn more, visit the Media page here.
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Coach Caron attends seminars with industry leaders, collaborates with other people and organizations who are promoting water safety to try to get industry standard water safety rules taught across the world, and teaches water safety in her own community and across the nation.