“My wife Cynthia and I have been working with Miguel for the past two seasons. Our focus was really to work on improving our stroke mechanics as we had very little previous swim experience. Miguel had a lot of work to do in helping us break a lot of bad habits that we had developed over the past years. He not only helped make us stronger and more efficient swimmers, but made the workout sessions enjoyable and actually helped us develop a passion for swimming. Swimming was the least favourite of our three disciplines. I can’t say enough positive things about Miguel, he is a great coach and an awesome person. We look forward to another season under Miguel’s watchful eye!
Brian and Cynthia Scott
“Miguel is an expert coach who has a wonderful gift for recognizing the individuals needs/challenges/ambitions of his clients. His infectious spirit helped me improve from having chronic shoulder instability to swimming four strokes regularly. Participating as a pace swimmer on Miguel’s Lake Ontario crossing was an inspiring event in my life”.
“Miguel is a born coach: patient, humorous, knowledgeable and inspiring. He breaks down swim strokes so masters athletes can feel the water and be effective, instead of exhausted. He provides practical, useful open-water techniques. He helps swimmers conquer fear and swim/race effectively. He finds what drives the individual athlete to empower them to improve and especially enjoy the water. A swimmer can learn and improve with Miguel for a lifetime!”
“Miguel Vadillo is a genius, as the more relaxed and rhythmic recovery has changed my stroke completely. I am starting the catch further out in front of me. My feel for the water is improving as I am beginning to feel when muscles are on during the pull and off during the recovery, as opposed to always on. He has taught me that you can breathe out through your mouth (it may sound obvious, but I did not realize this), making swimming feel much more like running and biking for me. As Miguel has cautioned me, it will likely take a year to a year and a half to fully grasp these concepts, but even the tiny bit I have begun to grasp them has been very eye opening. I have never been so motivated to swim, nor has swimming been so relaxed and enjoyable!
“I swam 26:28. This is over a minute faster than I swam in Raleigh 70.3 just three weeks prior, and is very close to my best swim ever in a 70.3. What’s most interesting is that it was very controlled and relaxed. In fact, towards the end of the swim, I was having such an enjoyable experience that I actually thought to myself, “I wish this swim was longer.” I must thank Miguel Vadillo for this, as this is the first time in my life that I truly enjoyed the swim portion of the race. Things are moving in the right direction with regards to this discipline”.
Lionel Sanders. Canada’s Ironman and 70.3 Champion
“Miguel is a top-notch swim coach who can get right to the core of teaching what you need to know to improve your technique and your enjoyment of open water swimming.”
“Just few years ago, I could barely swim to the end of the pool. Under Miguel’s tutelage I have completed both full and half Ironman swims successfully and with confidence. Miguel is a superb teacher, individualizing his approach to each swimmer, pushing just enough to meet your goals and endlessly supportive and positive about your accomplishments, large and small. His personal accomplishments are an inspiration”