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Leading Individual and Team
Mental Performance Coaching



Swim Team


Working closely with athletes, coaches, and parents to gather feedback on priorities for developing swim mental performance resources.


Arizona Mental Performance Training is committed to enhancing performance and well being with competition-tested, science-backed mental skills to help competitive swimmers develop an elite mindset, learn to use stress and anxiety for a performance advantage, and regulate emotions to focus attention and rebound from mistakes.

AMPT coaching holds athletes accountable for improving mental skills for optimal performance, reduces impacts of stress on mental and physical health, and improves fulfillment, motivation, productivity, and life satisfaction.

Mental skills training is ideal for all levels of competitive swimming.

Trusted adults, such as swimming coaches, instructors, and parents can also benefit by understanding how to best support swimming mental skills.


Will you
Crumble under pressure
Perform your best

You don't rise to the occasion
You fall to your level of training

Train your mental edge
by learning how to:

Improve confidence
Mentally prepare for competition
Perform your best under pressure

Trainers, Coaches, and Parents

Learn how to give your athlete the mental advantage

Boost team confidence

Boost individual swimmer confidence

Don’t let you athlete's mind hold them back any longer

Do you fall for common swimmer athlete mental performance barriers?

Lack of confidence
Thinking Traps
Fear of Failure
Lack of focus

Mental Blocks
Negative Self-Talk
Emotional Control
Injury Rehabilitation
Focusing on Past or Future
Rebounding from Mistakes
Concerns Outside Swimming
Focusing on Possible Mistakes
Inconsistent Practice/Performance


If you...

...over think your performance at meets?

...lose confidence after mistakes?

...become frustrated with your performance and can’t focus on the next event?

Then your mental game is preventing you from experiencing optimal performance!

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Have you ever said...

“My confidence in practice disappears in competition and I don’t know why.”

“I get frustrated when I make a mistake and my confidence sinks.”

“I get nervous and anxious before big meets."

"I feel pressure to be perfect.”

“I train hard in practice, but during competition I doubt myself and don’t perform as well.”

“Sometimes I swim great in meets while other times I feel tight and anxious. How can I become more consistent?”

“I know it’s important, but I have no idea how to mentally prepare for competitions.”

Swimmers with these thoughts may suffer from…

Swimmers are jumping from the pool start

...fear of failure and worry about outcomes

...inability to take practice confidence into meets

...fragile confidence after bad starts or other mistakes

...poor emotional control or ability to cope with mistakes

...inability to swim freely and relaxed in meets

Mental performance coaching holds you accountable for improving mental skills for optimal performance, reduces the impacts of stress on mental and physical health, and improves fulfillment, motivation, productivity, and life satisfaction.


•    Confidence
•    Handling Pressure
•    Fear of Failure
•    Managing Emotions
•    Managing Intensity
•    Negative Thinking

•    Coachability
•    Optimism
•    Motivation
•    Perfectionism

•    Focus
•    Resilience

Powerful individualized mental coaching addresses many complex performance challenges.

Every athlete has specific mental performance needs and goals.

Carefully tailored mental skills training plans guide each athlete to their desired results.

Stop playing games and train to become a champion!​

Additional help is available outside
Surprise Storm Swim practices

Begin with online Mental Performance Training

Or explore Coaching Options

A free 30-minute discovery session is available to determine if mental performance coaching and Neil’s coaching style is right for you.

Schedule your free
30-minute consultation call today!


Each coaching package includes:
- Intake Interview & Needs Analysis
- Customized Mental Action Plan
- Mental Skills Training Workouts and Practices
- Weekly Communication Via Text/Email
- Mental Performance Progress Tracking

Eight (8) 50-minute

coaching sessions


Includes one (1)

on-call session*


Twelve (12) 50-minute

coaching sessions


Includes two (2)

on-call sessions*


Four (4) 50-minute

coaching sessions






*On-call sessions must be used within the contract period

**Package prices based on paid in full up front. Monthly payments add 10%.

If you desire a highly customized coaching experience, I am ready to meet your specific needs.

Schedule a consultation call to discuss your request.

Optional Observation Sessions: $235

An observation Session is a 90-minute practice observation with follow up coaching.

We’ll discuss the most appropriate mental preparation strategies to improve performance based on my observations.


Home or site visits are available and include additional fees.


Additional coaching sessions for package clients can be scheduled as needed and are charged at $159 per hour, prorated for the session length.

Meet Your Coach

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Neil Wattier

Mental Performance Coach

Master of Arts, Performance Psychology

Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Grand Canyon University

26-Year Air Force Veteran

Air Force and Army Master Resilience Trainer

What doesn’t kill you, might make you weak

Neil Wattier is a Mental Performance Coach leading science-backed performance coaching for athletes at all levels of sport performance.


He began his resilience and mental performance consulting firm in January 2020 during the COVID outbreak and continued to provide resilience education throughout the pandemic by focusing on the neurophysiology of the human brain and body, helping clients self-regulate during times of intense pressure and anxiety while cultivating holistic mental and emotional strength necessary to grow and thrive through stress and adversity.

Neil is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona and an active member of the United States Air Force Reserve.


He has helped individuals and teams realize their full potential while serving as a coach, advisor, and mentor to business executives, senior military leaders, young professionals, youth and adult athletes, fitness professionals, and faith communities.

Neil received his Master of Arts in Performance Psychology from National University in 2022.

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Mental challenges expressed by swimmers

A free 30-minute discovery session is available to determine if mental performance coaching and Neil’s coaching style is right for you.

Schedule your free
30-minute consultation call today!

Propel your swim performance from
Good to GREAT!

Success in swimming requires a mix of power, athleticism, and endurance.

Momentum has a major affect on swimmer flow state.
Key mental components to momentum in swimming are:
    - focusing and coping in the face of adversity   
    - finding joy and satisfaction in the pursuit of goals
    - setting up pre-race and pre-workout routines       

Skill-based mental performance coaching helps you stay mentally strong in the moment, leading to consistency and confidence throughout competition.


Stay relaxed, focused, and enjoy the opportunity...

            ...because pressure is a privilege

Champion body language displays the inner battle between...

            ...positive and negative self talk
            ...self-belief and self-doubt

Stay in the moment by working lap by lap
One stroke at a time

Focus on your WINs (What's Important Now)

                       Maintain technique
                       Swim your race
                       Behaviors completely within your control

Concentration and attention
                       Growth mindset

Performance under pressure
                       In and out of the pool

Power of positivity
Dedication to learning and development (trust the process)
Accept stress and adversity as part of the experience
Set performance and outcome goals
Practice mindfulness
Employ emotional regulation

Balance performance and recovery...
    ...because recovery is the foundation of performance


Athletes experience a downward spiral when they underperform or make mistakes followed by negative self talk, processing emotions ineffectively, and displaing frustration in their behaviors.
Rumination and self-doubt can extend the downward spiral.

Recognition of negative thinking is key.
In early stages, negative thinking often takes two forms:
      - Focusing on past events, usually a mistake, which creates feelings of frustration and anger
      - Focusing on future events, “what ifs” which tend to create nervousness and anxiety

Combating counterproductive thinking patterns is easier said than done.
Deliberate practice and discipline are required to become consistently successful.

Swimming mental skills training can help you:
      - Overcome Pressure-Packed Expectations
      - Focus on The Process and Refocus When Distracted
      - Develop Proactive and Stable Confidence
      - Trust Your Skills From Practice to Meets
      - Refocus and Move On After Making Mistakes
      - Overcome The Desire for Perfection
      - Mentally Prepare Before Each Race
      - Mentally Prepare For Competition with Routines

A free 30-minute discovery session is available to determine if mental performance coaching and Neil’s coaching style is right for you.

Schedule your free
30-minute consultation call today!

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