Swimming is an excellent skill to know for two reasons. First you never when you will need to swim. You may need to swim in an emergency situation or if you fall in the water by accident. It is overall, a good skill to have because of safety. Secondly, swimming is an excellent workout and is extremely healthy for your body. Here are three tips for those just learning how to swim for the first time or are beginner swimmers.
- Practice keeping your goggles on for an hour at a time. This is a useful tip for beginner swimmers who want to swim competitively. It is good practice to get in the habit of keeping your goggles on for a long period.
- It is important to practice sighting. Sighting is when you look up from your stroke to see where you are. You will need to sight when you are in a race. Practice sighting by looking up every four strokes. You should look up when you raise your arm. Sighting is done in one motion without breaking stride. Have your coach or swim teammates watch your sighting and listen to what they have to say from their observations.
- One technique that you should focus on is having your fingertips point straight down when they enter the water. When your hands enter the water, they should do so with a flat palm with your fingers pointing straight down. When swimming try and focus on your hands initially, see how they enter the water and make necessary changes.
Ashley Zehnder’s is an expert swimmer who has been swimming since the age of five. She competed for her high school swim team and coached swimming while at college. She was a coach at the Clearfork Swim Club in Lexington, Ohio in 2009 and 2010 and was a Kent State Masters Swim Coach in 2010 through 2012 while she was a student at Kent State University.