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RICH BARKAN

After learning to swim with the LSA swim program at Bluegrass Lane pool in Levittown,
Rich became a competitive college swimmer at SUNY Geneseo in 1983. The following year
he began his swimming and multisport obsession at the Long Beach Biathlon. Since then,
he has competed in six Ironman races, numerous triathlons, marathons and open water
swim events including winning the Long Beach John Daly Ocean mile swim in 2001. Rich
was the founder of the MetroTri newsletter and website which served as a comprehensive
guide for local swimming and multisport communities between 1996 and 2013.

In 2001 Rich was invited to join Terry Laughlinís Total Immersion coaching staff and
shortly thereafter began leading T. I. Learn-to-Swim workshops around the country.
Since then, he has taught over a thousand people to not only swim, but to love the water.

Rich has been swimming with Excel since itís founding in 1998, is currently the head
instructor of Excel's Wednesday evening technique clinics, and has been part of the
triathlon coaching staff for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training.

In addition to coaching Masters swimmers locally, Rich served as an officer in the
local governing body and represented the New York Metropolitan region at local and
regional meetings and clinics and has been a delegate at national conferences.

Rich has held certifications as an ASCA Level 2 Swim Coach and USA-Triathlon
Level 1 coach, and is currently certified in CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers
with First Aid and additional High School coaching and safety certifications.

Rich has been a New York State ocean lifeguard at Jones Beach since 2004
and an officer there since 2013. He currently teaches Earth Science & Anatomy at
St. Dominic's High School in Oyster Bay. Rich is still active in triathlon and open water
swimming, and may be talked into doing another iron-distance triathlon at some point.

 

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