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Teaching a Beginner

Post by cottmiler on Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:34 am

Whilst we are all in such fine voice, something that has had me thinking for a while now is what to advise a beginner.

It's possible that one or two of my tennis compatriots will consult me on the crawl because of my boasting about swimming.

This has me worried which is why I have been pursuing some of the recent swimming aspects on here.

It is easy to spout off on a forum because firstly, no one reads anything thoroughly, secondly, we don't always understand other people's thoughts and thirdly, we know no on will do what we suggest anyway.

So a personal situation could be embarrassing if I can't deliver.

So where do we start?


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Post by s.sciame on Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:45 am

Hi cottmiler, not a coach as you know it, but if I had to advise a beginner I would start with the fundamentals to get familiar with water environment: breathing and balance.

Breathing: your friends may have the terrestrial instinct to hold breath under water. They need to learn breathing out properly. So, sinking drills: have them play around with this for a while, they should be able to breathe out to the point they can sit down in the bottom of the pool and stay comfortable.

Balance: again, they may have the terrestrial instinct to raise head and chest and stay closer to air, which sinks legs and adds tension on neck and upper body. Have them let their head and chest sink in the water as if they should abandon themselves on a bed after a working day: they should learn to trust the water support and experience that not only their head won't sink, but their legs will float.

Once they realize that they can easily breathe and float all day without needing any arm/leg survival movement, they are familiar enough with water to start moving on.

Hope that helps,
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Post by cottmiler on Thu Jun 22, 2017 1:51 pm

Two good points which should keep us going for a year!

I have to look like I can swim properly too.




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Re: Teaching a Beginner

Post by nightcrawler on Thu Jun 22, 2017 2:17 pm

Hi Cottmiler,
I had already wirtten a receipt for SA, you can also follow the same protocol for a couple of months, this will improve your capacity.

nightcrawler wrote:SA,
What have you given to swimming and what are you expecting? Have you been swimming over 50km a week for 10 years non-stop? NO! Even if you had done, this also wouldnt guarantee that you became a good swimmer, it also depends on the talent, anatomical and mental capabilities. I know swimming is insane, that is why I am always saying "after 40 years of age peaople should go home and caress their grand-children".  Very Happy

Anyway; since you are (or you wanna be) insane, then, I will continue and give you a receipt which requires sacrifice!

From your explanations I see that you have a lack of swimmer's anatomy such as many new learners. Spending much time in the water is a way but not adequate, you must also spend time for core exercises on dry land everyday.

In the water:

I can recommend you to swim with pullbuoy and paddles for a couple of months:

Day1:
Set1: 40x50m R:10" with standart bean shaped small pullbuoy + finis agility paddles (no kick)
Set2: Put off the equipment and do one arm drills (1000m non stop with very easy pace)

Day2:
Set1: 20x100m R:15" with standart bean shaped small pullbuoy + finis agility paddles (no kick)
Set2: Put off the equipment and do one arm drills (1000m non stop with very easy pace)

Day3:
Set1: 10x200m R:20" with standart bean shaped small pullbuoy + finis agility paddles (no kick)
Set2: Put off the equipment and do one arm drills (1000m non stop with very easy pace)

Day4:
Set1: 5x400m R:30" with standart bean shaped small pullbuoy + finis agility paddles (no kick)
Set2: Put off the equipment and do one arm drills (1000m non stop with very easy pace)

Day5:
Set1: 2x1000m R:60" with standart bean shaped small pullbuoy + finis agility paddles (no kick)
Set2: Put off the equipment and do one arm drills (1000m non stop with very easy pace)

Day6:
Set1: 2000m with standart bean shaped small pullbuoy + finis agility paddles (no kick)
Set2: Put off the equipment and do one arm drills (1000m non stop with very easy pace)

Day7: off - just do 10 minutes regular dry land exercises that I wrote below.

Repat the loop for 8 weeks with patience.

These 2 sets (pullbuoy+paddles and one arm drills) will give you a better proprioception in terms of balance and core body's reaction whilst pulling, soon the arm mechanics and kicking start to become automatical like reflexes then you will promote to one level up. As one arm drills you may do the below 2 exercises 500m for each:
One arm extended: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2d0P5V6SIbs
One arm by the side: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kzh5NVUCae8

On land (at home):
I recommend you to use a health ball and a mattress. You can find tons of exercises on the internet. Pick up only 5 of them(not more) and do them regulary 10 minutes everyday. with no days off

Good luck,
NC

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Re: Teaching a Beginner

Post by cottmiler on Thu Jun 22, 2017 2:26 pm

I appreciate your effort but this program doesn't fit this thread.

(I am very envious of your beautiful swim conditions.)

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Post by nightcrawler on Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:42 pm

cottmiler wrote:I appreciate your effort but this program doesn't fit this thread.

(I am very envious of your beautiful swim conditions.)

Dont categorize yourself as a beginner, you are an experienced waterman, just free your mind and dont listen anyone,the power is inside yourself, just concentrate on your program.

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Post by nightcrawler on Thu Jun 22, 2017 4:17 pm

Ohh sorry, I couldnt see your first post from mobile phone. Got it now, you are asking it for your tennis compatriots.

The fastest and most proven method for teaching beginners to swim with proper technique is as allows:
1) Find a shallow pool, teach them how to inhale and exhale by the side of the pool.
2) Tach them how to do streamline on land, ridge leaning to the wall, extend the arms to the sky, feet in plantar flexion as standing on the toes, chest forward and shoulders back, chin is touching to the upper chest, back of the neck is almost flat (guys must feel that as if they swallowed a stick).
3) Then teach them how to float by using this stramline position, you can help by lifting them a bit up from their waist, then leave them in that position for 5-10 seconds. During stramline(floating) they can hold the breath, dont combine all everything at the outset.
4) Teach them how to push off the wall by using streamline, again they can hold their breath, do not engage breathing while teaching the floating and streamline.
5) Teach them how to kick at the edge of the pool, hands holding the wall, position is again streamline, arms are parallel to each other. This time they can exhale while kicking.
6) Then go one step further show them how to push off the wall but this time engage flutter kicking (alternatively can use short fins).
7) After they learn balance and stabilization, teach them catchup drill after push off the wall (alternatively can use short fins).
Cool Catchup drill by the edge of the pull and head is turning to both sides in order to inhale (if cant do, first start with front breathing - breath in each 6-10 kicks).
9) Show them catchup drill with the board and also let them try side breathing in order to inhale. (alternatively can use short fins)
10) After practicing a couple of sessions the catchup drill, introduce them front quadrant arm timing and arm (recovery, catch, pull, push) mechanics (alternatively can use short fins).

Takes almost 3-4 weeks with 8-10 sessions to teach the freestyle swimming technique for me.

Good luck.

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