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Technique & Tips

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We use a number of Freestyle Drills in our sessions, so it is worth familiarising with these!

Tapering for Meets

This Taper Program is an extract taken from “Mastering swimming : a self-help guide for coaches and swimmers” by Anita Killmier, 1996 …. still a pretty good general ‘bible’.  It takes a bit of judgement to ‘work out’ where you are at and then start your taper (but count back from your end date – the day you really want to be “UP”) .  You may also find the information about Quality Training for Masters Swimmers by Anita Killimier useful in your training and race preparation.

Lap Swimming Etiquette 101 (aka, “Don’t Be a Fool at the Pool”)

Take a look at the LSE 101 Curriculum … something to think about whilst at training or swimming laps in public lanes …

“Experienced drivers know that roads are safer and more efficient when everyone observes a few common courtesies and basic rules. … So too in the pool when swimming laps. Just few shared conventions – observed by everyone – can go a long way towards making lap swimming safer, more pleasant, and more efficient for all.”

Other Useful Swimming Resources

Swim Smooth

Swim Smooth is an innovative swimming coaching company devoted to all levels of swimmers and triathletes. Their specialism is helping swimmers of any type or level improve. They have technique advice especially for you –  whether you’re a beginner who’d like to learn freestyle, an intermediate who wants to develop their stroke technique or an advanced swimmer looking to excel further, Swim Smooth is for you. As well as all the free advice on this site, you can sign up for their Blog, it’s called Feel For The Water.

Swim Smooth has some excellent open water tips to help you gain confidence and improve your open water skills.

What’s your Swim Type?  Swim Types show you the six fundamental styles swims use to swim freestyle.  Discover your Swim Type and Swim Smooth will show you how to become faster and more efficient through the water.  It’s a totally new angle on swim coaching.

Effortless Swimming

All the products and materials Effortless Swimming makes are created by National swimmer and Masters Coach of Year 2012 Brenton Ford. Brenton takes the drills, techniques and training methods used by the best swimmers around the world and make them available to athletes of all levels.

As Brenton says, “Effortless Swimming was created so that you could receive all the latest updates about swimming technique, skills, practice programs and everything else swimming related. If your only starting out or if you have 20 years experience makes no difference. With the right knowledge and the right skills, anyone can acheive the level of success they desire in the pool.”

Freshwater Swimmer

Some interesting reflections and thoughts on swimming, in particular a useful blog posting ‘Stroke Thoughts‘ about maintaining proper form and guarding against creeping flaws – starting with the hand entry and proceeding through the catch, pull, hip drive, and kick.

The Facts of Swimming

Improve your Freestyle technique and swim better with less effort by knowing these simple facts.