Karlyn Pipes was drowning. It didn't matter that she was a world record-breaking Masters swimmer or even a lifeguard. She no longer had the strength to save herself from an addiction that was threatening to pull her under one last time. Then the phone rang. A lifeline had been extended. Would she grab it or sink deeper? Death was hours away, but choosing life meant doing everything different. Everything.
In the darkest period of her disease, at the age of 31 Karlyn found the courage, strength and resilience to turn her life around by returning to the one thing that had created both the pain and pleasure in her life…the water. She returned to heal. Today, Karlyn is one of the most accomplished competitive swimmers in the world and has been inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
Launched in late 2015, Karlyn’s autobiography The Do-Over takes the reader on an aquatic journey from the depths of addiction to becoming a world champion swimmer. Candid, compelling, and insightful, this is a beneath-the-surface look at a remarkable, odds-defying comeback—not just in the pool, but more importantly, in life.
Karlyn is available for book signings, personal appearances, and panel discussions relating to addictions, eating disorders and co-dependency.
“The Do-Over is a wonderful story of addiction and recovery with the sport of swimming as the backdrop. Karlyn Pipes’ unembellished description of her childhood and life in the grips of alcohol addiction made me cheer for each of her hard-won victories, and her quest for wholeness. Karlyn’s description of our sport is spot-on; both its torments and joys.”
Nancy Hogshead-Makar, J.D.
CEO Champion Women, Olympic Gold Medalist
"The Do-Over: The Karlyn Pipes Story is an inspiring story of rediscovering authentic self, confidence and spirituality. I found it extremely enlightening. A well written book for anyone needing an inspirational pick-me-up."
Gary Quinn - Bestselling Author, Life Coach, TV Producer and founder of The Touchstone For Life Coaching Program
Karlyn enjoys both technical and feature writing. From 2007 to 2012, she penned a monthly column for Swimming World Magazine entitled The Pool’s Edge, and has been a contributor to SWIMMER Magazine and West Hawaii Today newspaper. Karlyn earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication/Public Relations from California State University, Bakersfield in 1999.
Click here to read Karlyn's most recent Aquatic Edge Newsletter filled with swim technique tips and suggestions.