LEARN IN SHALLOW WATER FIRST BEFORE TACKLING DEEP WATER
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