Bonnie Dix

PERA Associate Professor of the Practice

Swimming coach, fascinated by psychological aspects of sport performance, sport and positive psychology.

My latest research involved taper and re-taper methods, strength training specifically for swimmers, and the differences in training male and female collegiate swimmers.

I enjoy helping non-swimmers and beginners learn to swim and to develop a love of the water. I teach basic sailing and lifeguarding as well. I recently developed two classes─Children’s Games for College Students and Aquatic Games for College Students. The focus is on using children’s games as a vehicle to fitness and fun. These classes are a complement to our more traditional skills classes.

I am interested in all aspects of coaching swimming, from different training methods to new stroke techniques. I am particularly interested in the psychological aspects of sport including performance, and sport and positive psychology. I recently completed a positive psychology course, and am developing ways to incorporate the information into our team activities.

I love Labrador retrievers in particular and animals in general. I enjoy being on the water sailing, kayaking, fishing, swimming, or just relaxing. Reading is a passion. And I love being in the woods surrounded by nature.


  • B.S., University of Vermont
  • M.S., University of Tennessee (Knoxville)