Monthly Archives: May 2011

Keep your neck free.

I am challenging myself to learn to swim butterfly with ease and efficiency. Along with the personal satisfaction of learning to move through the water in a different way, I’m hoping to gain insight into issues involved in learning something new. 

At the pool yesterday I `enjoyed playing around with the idea of undulating my body in a wave-like motion in order to move myself through  the water and felt myself getting better at it. As with all of the strokes this happened because I let my neck be free.I then made the mistake of feeling like I should be able to just swim butterfly. I tried, but realised I was still fighting the water with my arm recovery. I was a little disappointed.
I should have been pleased with the improvement in my wave-like body movement and left it at that. I could have come home, had a cup of tea and felt quite pleased with myself. Instead I felt frustrated that I hadn’t done anything to improve my arm action.
When I am teaching,I need to make clients aware of the parts of the stroke that they are working on rather than feeling daunted or frustrated by the stroke as a whole. I need to encourage them to be pleased with any small amounts of progress they make. In fact if they are managing to keep their necks free whatever they are attempting then they are making progress.

Oh I Do Like To Be Beside the Seaside

After Easter (a break from swimming teaching of four weeks), I now need to get back into the swing of things.  Top of the agenda is teaching myself to swim butterfly.  Obviously like most people who come for lessons, I just want to be able to do it, but I know I need to take it right back to basics. I need to work on undulation… a wave-like movement of my body.

I’d like to say I spent a lot of time playing in the waves in Lyme Regis where we camped over the bank holiday weekend, but the water was so cold I could barely stand in it for more than a few seconds. Perfect for the British seaside  tradition of whole families running into and then straight out of the sea making chimpanzee noises. Until next week… ooh, aah, ooh, aah.