EDMOND, Okla. (AP) - Laura Beth Meyer was a swimmer growing up in Little Rock, Arkansas.
She competed for a local club team and was on three high school state championship teams.
Meyer switched sports and was on the rowing team at the University of Tulsa, but still coached for her club in Little Rock during the summers, The Journal Record (https://bit.ly/1HxQBIo ) reported.
She graduated from the University of Tulsa and became a certified occupational therapist.
Now living in Edmond, Meyer has combined her experience as a swimmer and occupational therapist with a home business - Meyer Swim Techniques.
In addition to working with competitive and beginning swimmers, she offers aquatic therapy for children with behavior problems, sensory integration challenges and autism disorders.
“A lot of the parents love it because it helps the kids and the kids have fun while they are doing this,” she said.
She works with children from toddlers to adolescents to teach them to swim correctly and safely. Other clients are competitive club or high school swimmers, as well as triathletes.
“For the competitive swimmers, we do stroke analysis,” Meyer said. “It is all private, one on one.”
Most of the competitive clients live around the Edmond area, but one comes from Stillwater.
Meyer and her husband, Adam, moved to the Oklahoma City area three years ago. He is a Navy pilot, and a swimmer, and was assigned to Tinker Air Force Base.
While his full-time job is with the military, Adam also helps out with Meyer Swim Techniques. They converted the garage in their Edmond house into a home business with an Elite Endless Pool.
“We turned our garage into a swim studio,” she said. “We re-cemented the floor and have it cooled in the summer and heated in the winter.”
The pool allows Meyer to provide her clients with immediate feedback. The pool has two underwater mirrors and one above-water backstroke mirror. The pool also has movable underwater video cameras.
“They can see themselves while they are swimming,” Meyer said.
Meyer’s young clients include George Glover, 12, of Edmond.
“He loves swimming and is pretty good at it,” said Holly Glover, George’s mother. “We wanted to give him some guidance outside of a normal pool.”
George swims competitively for the Bison Aquatic Club in Edmond.
“George can see what his technique looks like and he gets immediate feedback about his swimming and his efficiency in the water,” Holly Glover said.
For triathletes, Meyer teaches from experience. She has competed in several races.
Laura Beth and Adam met on a pool deck. Growing up in Rockville, Maryland, he was a competitive swimmer for a swim club.
Adam competed in the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in 2008 and 2012 and hopes to compete again in 2016.
“I plan to help him train,” Laura Beth said.
Information from: The Journal Record, https://www.journalrecord.com
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