10 Mar Do you know what is the biggest mistake that swimmers make?
That is… learn to swim fast. Why do I question “intensive swimming learning”, not “intensive swimming teaching”? Because according to the general opinion that I have surveyed, how can there be supply without demand? That means learners want to learn how to swim quickly, so the teachers will teach quickly to meet that requirement. However, you need to understand that, when you ask a quick instructor to quickly swim, it means that you have officially allowed yourself to swim badly and without minimal water safety!
I have stated this point sporadically in previous articles. However, for readers to have a more systematic view, I would like to re-present my opinion in this article.
First: the WATER environment is completely different from the terrestrial environment
This is the most recognized by many, so the habit of terrestrial activities makes it difficult to get in the water. Michael Phelps is no exception when he first entered the water. As mentioned in previous articles, there are 3 things that are difficult when you first get into the water:
– Horizontal posture in water. The directions that help us navigate the space in order to maintain a stable posture in a standing position are reversed when we change position and lie in the water. What is above when standing now is behind when lying, what is below when standing now is in the foreground when lying down, panic up. That leaves us all disoriented, confused and tense. Therefore, we need to create a new database to support the brain to gradually understand the new posture in the water. It is not difficult but it takes time. Countries always attach great importance to this and spend a considerable amount of time, in the beginning, to “retrain” for swimmers. If you study fast, the teachers often go through this stage very quickly to focus on teaching hand and foot movements, thereby making “inherent habits on land” become “bad habits under the water” for learners. !
– Breathe in the water. On the shore, we usually inhale and exhale through the nose. But in the water, you have to practice breathing through your mouth, breathing out through your mouth and nose. Just bring the habit of “breathing” through the nose into the water, you will choke immediately. Usually, everyone who is just practicing must choke on the water a few times to remember. That is not to mention not always want to breathe but breathe, but must combine breathing with movements of arms, legs, head, neck in a correct rhythm. It is not difficult but it takes time. If you study fast, you will easily be “swallowed up” when taking a breath.
– Mobility in the country. On the shore, the basic movements in the upright position rarely use shoulder joints with large amplitudes and especially rarely use circular hand movements. Therefore, our shoulder joints are often inflexible. That makes it difficult for us to initially lift hands out of the water in swimming styles (except breaststroke). However, exercise will help make joints more flexible. It is not difficult but it takes time.
Second: your body structure is not designed for swimming
Gary W. Hall, Technical Director of The Race Club, said: “I was looking for a fish or aquatic mammal that closely resembled a human. So far, apart from the slow-moving jellyfish, I have not seen a species with long arms or legs like a human, ”and he compared humans moving through the water like a brick!
Since the body is like a brick that is not streamlined, we must try to correct the details of the body so that they are closer to the streamlined posture of the fish, of which the most important is the head position. Editing these details also takes time. If you study fast, you will swim like a brick!
Third: The characteristic of learning to swim in the repetition of each skill to the level of mastery before moving on to another skill.
That is the method of “building a house” in swimming. These skill blocks must be placed on the solid foundation of the previous skill block to achieve high connection efficiency.
Flapping the legs is not good but swimming immediately is broken. “Neuromuscular” bonds take time to function properly, economically and do not transmit “messy”. If you study fast, you won’t be able to develop your “muscle memory”. Just learn “in a hurry” and you will return all the skills to the teacher in a short time thereafter. In general, in swimming lessons, to swim fast – you must swim slowly!
Fourth: Regular contact with water is the key for beginners
Have you heard the exposure factor? Exposure is quite popular in photography, learning foreign languages and swimming lessons. In photography, exposure is “exposure”, which is an important factor that determines what is actually captured on the camera’s image sensor. In foreign language learning, exposure is the ability to exposure or immerse yourself in the environment and context of that language, very important for learners to communicate fluently. In swimming, exposure is simply understood as the time of immersion in water.
For beginners to swim, they need to go into the water to feel the water “caress” on their skin, to feel the water pressure exerting on their body; to practice balance in volatile water and to feel resistance in the water. These sensations are only available when the learner is immersed in the water. Fast swimming lessons make the learner not have these feelings.
In the bottom line: Time is a tool to help you swim gently. Time is your companion to help you gradually improve your technique. The time you spend in the water is not lost, but it is what helps you accumulate skills and get a feeling of water. Learning to swim is not a speed contest.