Posted in Freestyle Swimming Stroke, Front Crawl Stroke, Swimming Benefits

Improve Swimming Performance

Through this post, we will provide effective tips on how to increase your swimming speed. We sincerely hope our readers will benefit from following tips and advice:

1. Sleep Tight, Swim Fast: Good Sleep is most important for all swimmers to efficiently replenish energy levels of both the brain and the body. Swimmers need 9-10 hours sleep every day to improve their swimming performance. All swimmers must do better time management to get enough sleep as good sleep equals good swimming performance.

2. Plan Your Meals Daily: Swimming for an hour can burn 380 calories to 765 calories depending on the body weight. Healthy diet plan is very important role for your performance in the pool. To increase performance or speed, every swimmer needs a balanced diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals. Make sure that you refuel your body with right food while on regular swimming schedule / training.

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3. Workout To Improve Flexibility: Flexibility is most important part of every swimmer’s training because swimming requires a wide range of body movements to achieve maximum power and speed. Work your pecs, lats, shoulders, hamstrings, ankles and hips in the daily exercise routine. Doing 5 to 10 minutes of flexibility workout couple of times every day will yield excellent results.

4. Work On Your Breathing: Good Breathing technique helps to swim fast. When you can breathe as easily in the water as on land, then you can swim faster so focus on both your inhales and your exhales.

5. Powerful Kick: An effective powerful kick reduces your drag and helps to maintain your body rotation. So work on this essential component of swimming to increase speed in the water.

Since 1971, Swim Instructors at Watersafe Swim School have been teaching generation of Los Alamitos and Seal Beach families the life saving skill and joy of swimming. We have certified lifeguards for you. For more information, visit http://www.watersafe.com. Give us a call to schedule swim classes: 1-855-WSS-SWIM.

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Posted in Infant Swimming Video, Swimming Benefits

Infant Swimming Video: Smart Fish Method Puddle Jumper Introduction

SFM Puddle Jumper Introduction to Back Floating & Swim Float Swimming

 * This was video taped by Ginny, who was holding the camera with one hand, while assisting or guiding Milah (23 months old) with the other hand.
* It is so easy to learn to swim, especially when they learn to do it the Smart Fish way. The challenge is to get them to cooperate. Introducing them to the whole method of Swim~Float~Swim in the Introductory phase can really help them accept your instruction, especially it is done as non-aggressively as possible – without the feeling of falling…without having to put their face in the water. Watch how we use the puddle jumpers in this video, starting with two and then just one.

*** INTRODUCTORY APPROACH to BACK FLOATING (Sunfish)
Start with two puddle jumpers:
One under the back. One over the belly.
Upside down: Arm holes down by the legs.
*** INTRODUCTORY APPROACH to SWIM~FLOAT~SWIMMING (Seal)
Use one Puddle-Jumper under the back. Keep it upside down, so the arm holes are down by the legs. The fabric connecting the arm holes to the main part of the float should be wedged under her armpits.

* The Puddle Jumper is a great teaching aide. It is easy to put on and take off. It holds the student in the same postures needed to execute the skill all by themselves. The teacher really does not have to assist. in fact, the less direction from the teacher, the better. Then they will be less likely to resist out of stubborness. They can be IN CONTROL.

Posted in Baby Swimming Benefits, Baby Swimming Video, Kids Swimming Benefits, Swimming Benefits

Smart Fish Method Grade 6 WD #1 & #4 Same SIde breathing, every 2 strokes

KEEP IT SIMPLE FOR GRADE 6: (A necessity for most 2 and 3 year olds) It is acceptable to SKIP the WD #2 and #3 drills.

WARRIOR KICK allows the swimmer to reset his head and kick position in case breath recovery has altered it.

WARRIOR DRILL #1: Warrior Kick with Quick Breaths
* FUN TIP: “Zoom” the swimmer forward during good Warrior Position.
* Notice the way Ginny “spotted” Logan’s head during the breath recovery to be sure he turned his head laterally.
He blows out of his nose, so it’s going to be very easy to transition him to real Freestyle.

The solution for kids who have trouble with side breathing is NOT to practice Side Kicking and long breathing. Teach “QUICK BREATHING”, so that the time spent in breath recovery is so minimal, that the change in the direction of the kick is also minimal.
KEEP IT SUPER SIMPLE. Only teach “DOWN-DOWN” FLUTTER KICKING for Freestyle.

WARRIOR DRILL #4: Same-Side Warrior Freestyle (Breathing every two strokes)
Because he is only 3, I am having him breathing every 2 strokes. Every 4 works, but he can do a longer “Warrior Kick” if he does not have to hold his breath for 4 strokes. Then, if his arms aren’t that great, he is just getting a taste of Freestyle arms. It is more important for him to develop a good kick, good posture, and good quick breathing than anything else. Big Arms are kind of “Fluff” at this point. It’s so easy to teach good Freestyle arms, if they have really good kicks. SO, I’m even getting away from doing “4 BIG ARMS AND A BREATH” for 3 year olds.

Definitely, if I add breath recovery to Big Arms for 2 year olds, I’m expecting only 2 Arm Strokes per breath.

If I’m ONLY doing Big Arms and Kicking without breath recovery, then I will ask them to do 4 Big Arms between locations, or as many as they can. At the end of the lap, I ended with 4 Big Arms Only to the wall. He wasn’t going to take a breath again, because I wasn’t going to combine it with Quick Breath / Long Warrior again.

When doing Same-Side breath recovery for Warrior Drilling, we should make
them do ONLY 2 arm strokes , because you are expecting them to keep their
head down a long time in Warrior Position. Expecting 4 arm strokes and a long
3 count Warrior, could be “over doing it”.

Notice that Ginny is asking Logan to self-correct his leading arm. as he takes a breath. “Where does your arm go… Fix it… Fix it…”

DO NOT TEACH LONG SIDE KICKING WITH LONG BREATHING…

* if the student still collapses his core.
* has a weak, inefficient kick
* does not automatically do “Swim Breathing”
If he has not yet developed a long leg non-stop flutter kick on his front & back, he will not be able to learn to SIDE KICK properly.

If the teacher is not constantly able to correct the rookie student:
* He is likely to roll on to his back
* OR… he will end up doing a wide scissor with his legs when kicking on his side.

BESIDES: Basic freestyle is more easily learned without complicating it with kick direction changes. ONLY TEACH “DOWN~DOWN” KICKS

IT IS CONTRADICTING when trying to teach kids to develop the habit of “Quick Breathing”

LONG SIDE KICK DRILLING:
* allows them to exhale and inhale multiple times during breath recovery.
* This means they will not need to exhale under the water before and while rotating for a breath.

They do not need to practice kicking in a position that they do not even use
when they learn Basic Freestyle…
* because “QUICK BREATHING” minimizes the time needed for breath recovery
* because we want to “KEEP IT SIMPLE” and not require them to change their kick position…