Improving Your Swimming

We are seeing good numbers at our swimming sessions in October. It is great to see a lot of new faces at the training sessions. If you keep up the good work then you will be swimming very well for the start of the 2013 season.


Improving at swimming involves a mixture of stroke work and conditioning.


Stroke Work – swimming is a very technical sport. Most beginners need to spend a huge amount of time developing their stroke. You need to educate yourself on what makes a good stroke. Check out this website for some great information – Swim Smooth. At our swimming sessions we do drills and we try to give a few tips. This is enough for some but for others you need 1 on 1 coaching.

The club are bringing in a swim coach on Wednesday evenings to help with stroke work. Two lanes will be dedicated to stroke work and the other lane will be for those that want to do their own thing. The cost for this will be €2 per head per session for those in the stroke work lanes. These sessions are starting on Wed, Nov 7th from 8:00pm – 9:00pm and they will be run for 4 weeks.

The club are also offering club members the option of 1 on 1 swim coaching for the very low rate of €5 per hour (+ €5 pool entry fee – although if you are interested in improving then you should be getting a monthly, 6 month or annual pool membership = cost effective). Contact a committee member for details.


Conditioning – to swim well, you need to put in the distance in the pool. Going to the pool once a week and doing stroke work will not be enough to transform your swimming. You should be thinking about going at least 3 times per week with 1 stroke work session and 2 conditioning sessions (where you also focus on your stroke).

The big difference between the swimmers in the slow and medium lane is consistency. At the 6:30am sessions the medium lane is always full but the slow lane is often empty. The swimmers in the higher lanes do not miss many sessions. It can be tough to get up at 6:30am in the morning but it is the best time to swim. Trust me, you will get used to it and your work day will be far more productive after your early morning swim.

Improving your swimming requires plenty of patience and perseverance. You need to focus 6 months down the line not 6 days. Altering your stroke can be hard work and many times you will feel like you are going slower before you go faster. This is where perseverance is needed.

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