Monthly Archives: July 2011

Motivation to swim.

 I’ve been looking at a few sports psychology ideas and came across this definition for motivation:

“Motivation can be defined broadly as the will to perform a given task. People who play or perform for internal reasons, such as enjoyment and satisfaction, are said to be intrinsically motivated, while people who play for external reasons, such as money or attention from others, are extrinsically motivated.”(Wickipedia)
People come to us for swimming lessons with the idea that they want to learn to swim in order to use the pool on holiday, to start competing in triathlon events, or get fit. These are all external reasons. So initially our clients are extrinsically motivated. What we try to do, and what we need to do more, is to encourage our clients to put aside their external motivations and develop their internal reasons for being in the water e.g sensation, enjoyment and satisfaction. We need to help people to be intrinsically motivated.

You’re not underwater for that long.

Whichever stroke you are swimming on your front, you will spend time with your face in the water breathing out through your mouth or your nose. It is important to realise that you take your face out of the water to breathe in at regular intervals that fit into the rhythm and structure of your stroke. The maximum time that you spend with your face in the water ( between each of the times that your face comes out to breathe ) is only a few seconds. You do not need to take a massive gulp of air because you are not trying to swim 25 meters under the water. You’re not underwater for that long. This youtube clip illustrates this point nicely.