Swimming Tips | Beginners Tips | Swimming Strokes | Butterfly Stroke
The passion for many people is to become a swimming expert. Of course swimming is necessary for good health. Swimming will help you to reduce your fat, weight, body aches etc. Nowadays, all cities, towns have pool centers with well experienced trainers. Especially, children want to do swimming and play with water. Here we would like to share valuable tips that will help you when undergoing training and racing in the water.
Advice 1: Get Help From A Swimming ‘Buddy':
Your partner will help you to overcome your fear, doubts and practice. If you have a competent swimmer as partner then no need to worry since your partner will help a lot to in swimming.
Your partner will caution you about mistakes and teach you the right methods of practice.
Your partner can remind you of what you need to be doing and he can point out where you are making good progress with your stroke technique.
They can also hold you in specific positions whilst you are in a wrong posture of swimming.
Advice 2: Develop A Feel For The Water:
Water is an alien environment to us. Something we are not used to.
Start off by simply learning how your body moves and feels in the water.
In the initial days of practice you don't even need to try and float.
Practice sculling in shallow water to develop a feel for the water.
Stand in the shallow end, displace water with your hands and start to move your hands and arms around gently.
Think about using your hands like paddles.
Push against the water and feel the pressure on your palms.
As you get used to the above, try ducking down in the water and let it take some of your weight, all the time continuing to move your hands and arms.
The beginners prefer using a pool that is nice and warm since a cold pool can add to feelings of anxiety.
Advice 3: Blow Bubbles:
The most important skill in freestyle is to be able to exhale freely into the water.
Most people instinctively hold their breath when their face is in the water.
This will make the stroke much tougher.
When you are swimming in freestyle all exhalation should be into the water, so when you turn your head to breathe you only need to inhale. This is the secret of breathing in freestyle.
Holding your breath adds to feelings of anxiety and makes you more stressed.
- Start in the shallow end and practice putting your face in the water and simply hum through your mouth or nose to create a long steady stream of bubbles.
As you get used to this you can go in for advanced feats by crouching or sitting down to sink lower into the water.
If you become so relaxed that you start to feel yourself sinking this is great thing. It shows that you are building a good degree of confidence in the water.
Keep working on this skill. The habit and technique of exhaling into the water is very important.
Advice 4: Break Things Down Into Manageable Chunks:
Attempting to perform the full freestyle stroke without any preparation is a recipe for failure. The key to learning the stroke is to break things down into small manageable chunks.
In swimming coaching we do something called 'drills'. A drill is an exercise that allows you to practice one part of swimming technique without the difficulty of doing it all at once. Drills sometimes exaggerate a movement so that you can get a feel for it. Here are some drills we recommend you practice to develop your stroke technique:
Kicking on your front. With your arms stretched out in front of you and hands placed one on top of the other, kick down the pool.
On dry land practice your arm recovery technique. Lie on your side with the lower arm out in front of you.
Practice moving your top arm over and placing it into the ‘water' in front of you. Keep your forearm and hand totally relaxed and lead the movement from your elbow.
Advice 5: Use Fins:
We recommend you to invest in some swimming flippers. These are smaller and more flexible than scuba diving flippers.
If you are buying fins, we recommend you to get something mid-length and floppy.
Many of the fundamentals of freestyle can be learnt more effectively with a little bit of extra propulsion from wearing fins.
Warm up at the beginning of a session and warm down at the end of a session without them.
Some people believe that using fins in your swim training is cheating, we don't.