Front Crawl for Improvers
This course is for swimmers who can already swim a minimum of 200m front crawl but who want to improve the efficiency of their stroke.
Each course will have a maximum of 4 swimmers as this is appropriate for the size of pool we will be learning in and also allows the coach to tailor each session to your individual needs.
Sessions are suitable for adults (18+) of all ages. You may want to learn front crawl for fitness, triathlon or open water swimming. You do not need to be very fit, just healthy and enthusiastic to learn. The sessions aim to be fun and relaxed and do not require you to swim a lot of distance. We will be focusing on learning and imprinting new or more efficient swim movements, so it is often more mentally than physically tiring, but research has shown that this is the most effective way to learn.
The course runs over 6 weeks. The first week is an online classroom session to introduce swimmers to the Swim Mastery methodology of teaching. This includes learning how your body and brain behave in the water and why swimming and breathing are often so challenging for humans. As an Advanced Oxygen Advantage Instructor, I can assess your current daily breathing patterns and we can look at how this might affect your swimming performance. This will be useful information to have prior to the pool-based lessons. This classroom session is also a great opportunity to get to know the other participants before starting in the pool and sharing your current swimming experiences and goals will allow me to tailor the course as much as possible to your needs.
The following 5 weeks will be hourly pool-based sessions covering all the fundamentals of the front crawl stroke, with an emphasis on efficient breathing from the start. In the first session, the coach will do a video analysis of each swimmer and videos will be taken again in the last session so you can see your progress. There will also be video feedback as appropriate during the sessions as seeing your swim movements is a really great learning tool. Any useful video clips taken during the sessions will be sent to you afterwards to help support your practice between sessions. You will also receive a summary of what we covered in each session. This will help you practice between sessions but also be a reference following the course as you will need to continue to practice to imprint all the stroke elements.
To maximise your progress and learning experience, you ideally need to be able to practice twice a week between pool sessions.
The pool-based sessions are held in a private 9m pool in Fairwarp on Ashdown Forest, East Sussex. The full address and directions are sent upon booking.