What You Need To Know Before You Start Swimming Lessons: Becoming Harmonious With Water
Whether you’re a neophyte or an experienced water baby am sure this article by Crawford Swim World’s Mathematician turned Swim Coach – Tayo Orekoya, will help you perfect your swim technique to swim effortlessly.
Have you ever wondered how fishes move through water with superlative grace and ease? If a fish wanted to learn to walk, it must assume the carriage and movement pattern of a human. So is the same with swimming; If you want to swim like a fish, you need to understand how fishes move through water.
Looking closely at the way fishes move in water, fishes do not propel their bodies by pulling and kicking vigorously as humans do; they use rhythmic body undulation to move through water. A keen study of the world best swimmers at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games that ended recently reveal the same undulating and rhythmic body movement. Their swim stroke is like those of a dancer, dancing to a virtual symphony.
The upper body sets the rhythm, the arms and legs move in congruence thereafter. PS: I just left a hint for any swimmer that want to make it to the Olympics. (It is not how strong you are, it’s is how well you dance to a virtual symphony called rhythm)
Sequel to the foregoing, my scientific deduction imply that swimming or indeed swimming faster in water has nothing to do with the strength and speed of your arms or how strong your legs are. It definitely has nothing to do with the vigorous quick alternating repetition of the arm and leg movements as many coaches and students of swimming believe in Nigeria. If I am beginning to sound like a poet or a philosopher, then in fact I am. That is why it’s called the philosophy behind the art called swimming.
Just as fishes move in harmony with the water, humans need to also become harmonious with water. The human body was not designed to move easily (Streamlined) through water. The important question to ask is this – How can I achieve harmony with water?
The answer to this humongous question is one simple word – Balance. This skill pretty much automatically puts you in harmony with the water. When you learn to balance in water, you not only stop struggling in water and wasting energy, but also achieve comfort and ease, which allows you to develop every other swimming skill much faster.
Unfortunately, balance is the ingredient least likely to be developed by swimmers because virtually most swimmers, instructors, even coaches do not fully grasps the technique.
Two Steps to become balanced in water?
First, while lying on the water (face down), keep your head in a natural, neutral position (looking directly on the pool floor) with your chin tucked in slightly.
And second, with both arms stretched forward such that the shoulder pressing on either side of the ear, you begin to shift your body weight forward by resting on your chest cavity. Keep pushing down into the water until you feel as if you’re being supported by the water. It should feel like you are going downhill.
With Balance, your swimming will become instantly effortless and faster. Certainly, mastering balance is indeed the core, immutable foundation of swimming like a fish. A step that must be taken by every would-be swimmer before anything more advanced is attempted.