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Posts Tagged: "swimming lesson"

Safety checklist for open water swimming and dipping

With summer officially here and the waters warming in the UK, more people will be heading to lakes, rivers and the coast to take a dip or open water swim. We want everyone to have fun and of course experience the beauty of open water swimming and dipping, but want to encourage you all to do it...

Skills I have learnt along the way

After reading my blog telling of my Open water journey, a friend I first met on a SwimTrek trip to Croatia wondered if I was going to write about my progress skill wise over the last four years. I have to confess, it hadn’t crossed my mind, but after several different guides, coaching methods...

5 tips for SwimTrek novices

You know when you're told that something might be useful, that you should take it 'just in case', yet you ignore the advice and assume it 'won't happen to me'? That's exactly what happened to me on my second SwimTrek tour to the Croatian Dalmatian Coast last week....

SwimTrek Coach, Dan Abel on the importance of pre-season training

Swimming faster, something we all want to do right? And often this is one of the hardest things to achieve. Your swim performance has three main foundations; your technique; your fitness and your open water skills. The more proficient you are at all three the faster you will swim.Swim technique...

SwimTrek Training Technique - Sighting

Sighting is an important skill to develop for open water swimming. As the visibility may not be good and there will be no lane lines, you will need to lift your head regularly to see where you are going. For breaststroke swimmers this is not much of a problem, as you will be looking forward every...

SIMON’S TECHNIQUE TIP – SWIMMING IN A PACK

Lane swimming in a pool is great for training for doesn’t help when coming to race day. In the open water when in a race or swimming in a pack you need to be aware of the changing environments such as the start and turning buoys. Many swimmers new to open water panic when faced with legs, elbows...

Open Water Swimming Training Tips for 2013

Here are some of the most common swim coaching inquires our London swimming coach Dan Abel has received: I want to swim faster and more efficiently I have trouble with my breathing I am training for an open water swim or triathlon and need help I have had shoulder trouble/injury If you have...

Coaching Tips - Body Position

When swimming we can often expend a lot of unnecessary energy maintaining body position. In a short swim event such as 50 or 100M our kick will contribute a maximum of 15-20% of your total propulsion. Over our longer open water swims the investment in oxygen we need to provide to our legs is far...

SIMON’S TECHNIQUE TIP – CHANGE OF PACE

Conditioning your body to being able to sprint in certain parts of a race while then recovering and assuming your regular speed and rhythm can benefit you greatly in a race scenario as there will be times (race start, turning buoy, finish etc..) where a faster pace will possibly be required. ...

July Technique Tip - Sighting

This is an important skill in open water swimming. Once outdoors you can no longer rely on a lane rope or line at the bottom of the pool to ensure you are swimming in a straight line. Instead pick an object or distinctive landmark in front of you and aim to swim directly for it. Varying...