While kicking strongly, with arms outstretched in a long streamlined shape, pull with one arm and recover fully. Once you have finished one complete arm cycle, start with the other arm for a complete cycle.
Tip No. 2 - Improve Your leg Form and Strength
Kickboards are great for working on your leg form and strength during your swim – however, take care as if you have back pain, kickboards are usually not the best. Even better for triathletes are the blocks which you hold between your knees which force you to swim with your arms only but this will be challenging at first.
Tip No. 3 - Improve Your Stroke Length
Stroke length can be improved in two ways. The easiest way is to minimize drag, and you do this by simply repositioning you body in the water to make yourself more slippery. Stroke rhythm or tempo is also set in the hips, not the arms.
Tip No. 4 - Practice in a Pool
Try lifting your head up and looking at the end of your lane. Practice swimming freestyle with lifting your head forward every 10 - 20 strokes to align yourself with your landmark. Also, try to practice swimming with groups. Many of us get used to a relaxing, solo swim in the pool or open water, then completely panic when a hundred other bodies are thrown in the water along with us.
Tip No. 4 – Practice Your Breathing Out of the Water
Practice reverse breathing out of the water by making a conscious effort to forcibly exhale, while permitting your body to inhale on its own. You will quickly learn how deeply you need to breathe to swim efficiently; you will probably find yourself taking deeper, quick breaths while taking harder and more shallow, slow breaths while warming up or cooling down.
Tip No. 5 – Swimming Pool Over-Wintering
Pools that are drained down low cause a lot of undue stress on the pool cover thereby shortening its life - as well as exposing the pool liner to the air and causing it to prematurely dry out. The use of special covers prevents the skimmers from cracking, plugs the pipes and allows the water level to remain high under the cover so that rain water does not cause a lake on top of the pool cover which might strain it and possibly causing it to fall in.
Finally, we ask all parents to appreciate that children can be afraid of the water. For those that are afraid, there are some places that have lessons on swimming that can help a child deal with a strong fear of the water. Children can be introduced to water safety at a very early age, and once they learn how to be safe, their fear will reduce.
In fact we recommend teaching swimming to children as early as 6 months old. This is important as babies do not yet understand the dangers of the water.
Children also need to be taught never to swim alone. They should always have at least one friend with them whenever they are going swimming.
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