Everyone who contacts me regarding wanting to swim efficiently always  starts with tackling deep water. To help you to understand how I  work I would like to explain it this way. Learn in shallow water first before tackling deep end.

Say you wanted to learn to drive, would your instructor take you to  spaghetti junction and start teaching you there? No, that would not happen.

 What I want to emphasise is the fact that in order to get to the deep  water you MUST be totally at ease in the water first. This means being  able to use the water effectively so you do not thrash about in it.  

Learn in shallow water first before tackling the deep end. You may have a stroke but we need to improve it by knowing exactly how the water works with your body. You/we are NOT  compatible to the water and there are certain techniques that we must  learn first before trying the deep water.

When you finally get into deep water you will learn to ‘hang’ in the water without holding on to the sides. This is something that you certainly cannot do at the moment. So please do not think about the  deep end, concentrate on getting the technique of the swim first and  then draw your attention to the deep end.

I have taught over a 1,000 people to do exactly what you want to do.
First we get it right in my endless pool and then we transfer to the  local Leisure Centre where you carry on with the drills you have  learnt in my private pool in controlled conditions.  We can then graduate to the deep end and then because you have learnt  how the water works with your body you WILL be able just to ‘hang’ in  the water vertically.

I then will teach you how to move your  legs and arms which have to be used both at the same time. This means  that you have to multi task and there is no way round this.
You will need to remain upright with your head straight in alignment  with your spine (in other words as if you were standing in the floor).  The water will want to put you on your tummy because of where your air  supply is, and you will  need to stop that from happening.

At the same  time as moving your arms and legs to keep yourself  afloat. At the same time you will need to make sure that you are not too excessive in  your movements so you do not go up and down but stay with your head  just above the water.

You will need to take into consideration because you are an  adult and have spent time in work, either sitting down or what ever.  This means you have developed a posture because of work, or sport.

You would be surprised how all of this matters.  Even an injury that  you may have got will show up when in the water. On dry land gravity gives you the assurance both feet on the floor.  Most people can compensate their  posture if they have an injury but the water holds  you body up so you cannot compensate your posture.
Children learn  easier because they have not spent time working for a  living so therefore no posture challenges also they are smaller and  lighter in the water.
I really look forward to your comments Irene

About Irene Bouette

I have my own private swimming pool, teach on a 1-1 basis and also provide residential accommodation for anyone that needs the peace and quiet after their time in the water. I used to be phobic of the water, now I help others to conquer their fear by using step by step logical reasoning to help people to understand the water. I have taught over a 1,000 people by my methods that I have adapted to meet peoples needs. One cap does not fit all people!
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