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Swimming - learning and improving...

Posted: Wed Aug 29, 2007 5:54 pm
by davidgwalker
I have been learning to swim for the last two months (thanks Nic for making me do it).

Its only now that I am improving a little. There are several things I suggest you do if you have not learned before:
1. get some goggles
2. get used to going under the water, all the way under
3. stick at it
[4. get some fins (flippers) - not sure yet, but my first use of them was a complete revelation! ]

Here are a few pages I found useful:
Tips on how to breathe and swim:
http://www.associatedcontent.com/articl ... _ages.html
Breaststroke:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2YN3irK ... 0to%20swim

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sW_HXbk ... 0to%20swim

Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 7:12 am
by Guest

Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 8:10 am
by Guest

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 8:38 am
by davidgwalker
Good Breaststroke videos:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=jwTIKMzx-UQ&
http://youtube.com/watch?v=ZKD7sfRMjec&
http://youtube.com/watch?v=Odrf7wjshQY&

TURNS:
Freestyle:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=KtP8xgzm6do&
http://youtube.com/watch?v=e3tqBR1ybRI
Breaststroke:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=ckTpJOpJt78
Both:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=gJp1M2pP6rU


And dont forget WHY you should learn to swim:
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/film ... e_swim.htm

"I keep losing me birds", That bloody Mike he swims like a fish...


How to dive next???!!?? :shock:
This will make you laugh:
http://www.jibjab.com/view/177220

That'll be me that will.....

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2008 12:42 pm
by davidgwalker
Training fins - do they work?

Yes, they improve the muscle movement by neuromuscular patterning:
http://cis.squirming.net/article/index. ... =printable

Its worked for me, previously I could not complete even a width when attempting the leg-kick workout with a float (front-crawl kick), now its relatively easy without the fins.

The fins I use:
http://www.swimshop.co.uk/product.asp?s ... TZTRAINFIN
Read what others say: http://swimming.about.com/library/weekl ... rofinz.htm

Next the snorkel, I have chosen the TUSA imprex hyperdry, reviews:
http://www.buzzillions.com/prd-180425-t ... q-reviews/

More later....

Good Breast stroke workouts

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 8:30 am
by Guest

Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 9:02 pm
by davidgwalker

Goggles - with prescription lenses

Posted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:27 pm
by davidgwalker
I tried my new goggles last night for the first time:
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/Swim/9/Aqua_S ... 360022076/
Excellent - did not need to adjust them once and they did not leak in.

You add prescription lenses for £9 each:
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/swim/9/Aqua_S ... 360028200/

The best goggles I have ever used :)