I used to think I was quite good at swimming. Turns out I was basically cleaving my way through the pool with the grace and efficiency of a breezeblock.
I only found this out after joining a local club around 7 weeks ago, just after I had started training. After seeing me swim, Kevin, the coach, said something along the lines of:
“We’ve got a lot of work to do here. But to start with, try this…”
And with each new session, he has given me something to focus on for the upcoming week, a change here, an alteration there, sometimes something small, sometimes something big. With each tip I have been amazed at the difference it has made to my swimming. Although there is still lots to learn with each passing week I am feeling more fluid in the water.
LESSONS LEARNT SO FAR
Lesson 01: Slow stroke rate, make legs higher in the water, rotate shoulders less when breathing, breath alternate sides with each breath to encourage better form.
Lesson 02: Keep bum and legs higher up in the water, relax feet and legs when kicking.
Lesson 03: Angle head up more in the water.
Lesson 04: Keep head raised more in water, practice touching armpit with thumb during over stroke to encourage better arm form.
Lesson 05: Make elbows higher on the overstroke and glide hands into the water, rotate hand slightly at the start of the pull back, and focus on pulling back till exiting the water.
Lesson 06: Keep legs closer together when kicking.
Lesson 07: Scoop even more with hands at start of the pullback, keep hand perpendicular to body throughout the whole pull back till exiting the water.