The SwimMastery Blog
The student must spend time away from the lessons practising by themselves. This is when the magic happens!
For larger people swimming can provide an invaluable route to maintaining (or starting) physical activity in a safe way which is not provided by other sports.
Developing a style and method that works for the human form has been a long process and it’s one that’s far from finished. New ideas are constantly being proposed, tested, adapted and adopted or discarded.
Carl Rogers, a preeminent American psychologist of the second half of the 20th century, stated, "If I can provide a certain type of relationship, the other person will discover within himself the capacity to use that relationship for growth, and change and personal...
A study in the US showed that a whopping 91% of swimmers aged between 13 and 25 reported at least one episode of shoulder pain. It’s a shocking and completely avoidable statistic. Make sure you are not studying and copying habits which may lead you to add to those figures.
Your swim coach may well get you to perform a drill and then ask you how it felt. And although that sounds like a simple question it’s one that many of us are simply not used to answering with any level of detail.
Swimming has never been particularly noted for controversy but that’s not to say that it hasn’t had its moments.
The acquisition of new skills is recognised as being as much in the mind as it is in the body. But it is perhaps less obvious that a significant part of this is simply to recognise one’s own level of competence.
Those that prefer a birthday suit to a wetsuit will tell you that nothing beats the feel of the water directly against the skin. However, for newcomers to cold water swimming, using a wetsuit can be a very useful intermediate step – and one many folk never get past. And there’s absolutely no shame in that…
If you stand on the shore, dipping in one toe at a time you’ll probably never pluck up the courage to get in. However, to take the “Geronimo” approach and leap with gay abandon from the jetty is equally ill-advised.
You rarely see someone who has just completed a swim in a freezing river, lake or coastline who isn’t grinning like a maniac
Factors such as time and strokes per length are so ingrained into our coaching and training that it is easy to think that they are the be-all and end-all when it comes to measuring performance