01 Mar Swimming Technique Program – Why not?
As part of our proactive treatment approach Lissome offers a number of Technique Programs to assist people to get out into the community and get active!
Our current Swimming Technique program is no different! We currently have a number of eager swimmer who are enjoying some great guidance twice a week by our Principle Physiotherapist Alissa Williams (who also has been teaching swimming for years and is a current Triathlon Coach). Each course starts at the basics and builds the swimming skills. The courses are small enough to enable great individual feedback and attention.
The biggest question we get asked is – ‘but I’m not a very good swimmer – am I going to be good enough?’
The short answer is ‘YES’.
The longer answer is this technique course was developed due to the lack of time available to focus on the basics of swimming in Adult swim squads. The squads generally always incorporate drills – but they are drills that are done while swimming full laps of a 50m or 25m pool – which lets face it is hard enough in itself (let alone focus on something new).
The biggest issue that I see is if the breathing isn’t right – then its really hard to build technique because there isn’t comfort in the water. Once your comfortable in the water the rest is easy – well kind of :-). Therefore we always start with the breathing and then build on that. It is normal when learning a new skill for other skills to start to drop off (ie people hold their breath when focusing on their arm or head position) but this is a normal learning process. All it takes is a little perseverance and repetition to make the difference.
Lissome’s swimming technique courses are run out of a learn to swim pool and a lake. This ensures people can develop the comfort with the water in the pool and be able to extend that to an area that may be a little out of their comfort zone in the lake. But remember we don’t swim mass amounts of laps – we’ll leave that for your squad sessions. The sessions are focused around drills and repetition of movement. When the movement is repeated on enough occasions the movement becomes habit.
Biggest point is don’t be scared to get out there and join in – trust me there are a lot of other people that feel the same. You’ve got to start somewhere and somewhere near the beginning is always a good option.
Remember stay Agile, Nimble and Active
Bachelor Exercise Science
Graduate Certificate Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
Level 1 Triathlon Coach