Swimming coaching?

can't do crawl

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05/09/2003 at 12:19
Not really thinking of doing Tri's just yet but I'm keen to improve my swimming which is basically a fairly slow breast-stroke at the moment or an inept splashing movement I laughably call front crawl.

WW keeps mentioning something called TI which seems to be the dogs doo-dahs for swimming technique - are there coaches in London for this or would my local swimming pool instructor be ok?
05/09/2003 at 12:49
Chaos - start off with you local swimming instructor and see how you get on. TI courses can be very expensive and you may find that after a few sessions you will see a remarkable improvement with the coach. If you can't find one, give me a shout and I will have a look at your stroke for you, but word of warning I can be quite 'teachery'...!!
05/09/2003 at 12:54
Chaos - I owe you a HUGE favour (book and DVD are great!) so I'd happily do some swim coaching with you FOC.
05/09/2003 at 13:15
Does anyone know of any good swimming instrution DVDs? - me an' hubby are both trying to improve our swimming at the moment, he wants to do his first tri next year, I want to do my second, but neither of us has gone beyond 500metres of front crawl before drowning .....
05/09/2003 at 13:46
Ta, I'll give my local pool in Ealing a go as it's quite close and I could go there after work easily. Just had a look at the website and it's a 50 metre one so I guess it gets serious swimmers. It'd be fantastic to have your views/comments as well if we get the chance to meet up somewhere suitable.

Hmmm... "teachery"? i can just imagine it Spans.
05/09/2003 at 13:49
I didn't know that Ealing has a 50m pool... interesting, where abouts is it?
Monique    pirate
05/09/2003 at 14:49
Chaos- last Summer I learnt front crawl from scratch doing adult swimming lessons, although I am still v slow my technique is ok, bi-lateral breathing and all, It took about 5 lessons to get it and I can still improve loads. At our local sports centre the lessons are pay per session a bit dearer than a normal swim with very mixed abilities, some total non swimmers. You just tell the instructers what you want to learn. I am now screwing my courage up to learn butterfly- but that's impossible isn't it?
05/09/2003 at 14:59
Spans - http://gurnell.leisureconnection.co.uk/ I've just emailed them about lessons as their phones are constantly engaged.

bi-lateral breathing eh! what are you talking about Monique? sounds impressive anyway. Butterfly must be good for the pecs - is it fast as well?
05/09/2003 at 15:45
gurnell 50m, yep.
05/09/2003 at 15:50
Monique - if my little girl can do 'fly, you can!

(are 50m pools not common? there's one at Wycombe)
05/09/2003 at 15:54
fly is easy once you have the technique but most importantly rythmn!!

Will have to investigate how easy it is to get to Gurnell...
05/09/2003 at 15:55
julie joo.

50m pools? theres ONE in wales. (although they are starting work on the second as we speak)
05/09/2003 at 15:56

Just goes to show what you take for granted, doesn't it?

05/09/2003 at 15:59
next time you hear people writing off brit. swimming, look at the facilities our guys and girls are having to use -although things are starting to move in the right direction. I have a friend in california who was here for a year. Before she came to this country she had never even SEEN a 25m pool. all were 50's, and a few in most cities. don't even start talking about the aussie facilities!!!
05/09/2003 at 15:59
Jj - the lack of 50m pools in this country is what they are blaming for our previous poor performances in major comps...
05/09/2003 at 16:00
in fact (rantrantrant) Paris alone has more 50m pools than the uk. I'm sure someone told me that last year.
05/09/2003 at 16:00
oooh snap moosey!
05/09/2003 at 16:01
spans - i'm not hugely sure how they can use that excuse for short course comps though! LOL. Hopefully things will improve though.
05/09/2003 at 16:02
ooooh. Had no idea.

come to Wycombe! Swimming parrtteeeeeeee!!!

05/09/2003 at 16:03
hang on, looking wycombe up on a map.....
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