IMG_20171118_140943752In his book “Master the Art of Swimming”, Steven Shaw writes: “To perform a sequence of movements accurately, it is necessary to have a clear idea of the desired objective. Pause and think before launching into any of the practices: you are more likely to achieve positive results with appropriate preparation.” Sometimes though, thinking can get crowded (trying to think of too many things at once) or clouded (anxiety or panic can stop us from thinking rationally).

I have found that if learners perform a ‘dry-run’ of a practice¬† (a representation of the practice with their face out of the water), which includes a commentary by them, they are more likely to have a clear idea of what they are trying to achieve. The spoken commentary is a rehearsal of the instructive thoughts that they will then use when performing a ‘wet-run’ of the practice with their face in the water.