In Singapore, most parents work hard so as to offer the best for their children. Very often, at the expense of themselves.
As a result, I observe most parents who sign up their kid(s) for swim lessons are unable to swim properly themselves or sometimes, unable to swim at all.
It saddens my heart because it is also imperative for parents to acquire proper swimming skill to survive in a crisis as well as to use swimming as an excellent exercise regime.
Thus, it is good for parents who cannot swim, to consider swimming learning as a priority to-do list.
At this juncture, if you are not a swimmer or cannot swim well, I would like to share some insights to good swim strokes, so that parents can be aware of their children’s swim learning progress and see if certain objectives are fulfilled.
Today, we shall look at the stroke that is hard to master but one that can help a swimmer swim faster, it is the front crawl or the freestyle stroke.
There are numerous video in Youtube that illustrates the freestyle technique, the common characteristics are observed:
The swimmer’s body is very straight and floating very well – we call this streamline.
There are no unnecessary movement of the head that causes the body to sink into the water.
The legs are kicking constantly and very efficient .
The elbows as high and does not drag across the water.
The swimmer shows good symmetry on both right and left sides.
This video below shows a good example, but we cannot expect every child to have the same capability for some reason. However, it can be use as a yardstick to see if the above characteristics are seen in you child’s freestyle swim stroke.
Going into my 28th year in swimming coaching. I have seen how the sport evolved over the years and have decided to create a blog to share some personal experience.
With the advent of the internet, we can buy almost anything at the convenience of a click. Be it apparels, sports equipment, or even grocery.
In my field of swimming coaching, I realized that it is not so easy for consumers to know if they or their children are learning with the right swimming coach, either from numerous swim portals found through search engines or swim schools who are operating in pools with many students. Or even safer, through referral from neighbors or friends.
Swimming learning is not merely gaining certifications like any other academics, but it is a matter of survival and the acquisition of a life skill set. The learner’s behavior may comprise the following mixture:
A strong interest in learning swimming.
Good swim skill and a correct execution of swimming techniques.
A example of freestyle stoke can be found in my other post here.
The ability to survive crisis, like falling into a river, over board a ship in an ocean or flood.
The ability to experience fun in the learning process.
The ability to progress from beginner’s level to acquiring advance swim skills and equipped for competitive swimming.
And the list goes on..
All can be observed should one go to the pool over a period of time and see how swimmers learn, and visualize how you or your children may benefit from a particular coach whom you have in mind.
The above may take time and effort on the part of the parent, just as every learner or child is unique, it is not sufficient to take up lessons just from web portals or based on what others recommend.
Swim learning can be a lengthy process. It takes commitment on the parent’s part to bring the child to the pool weekly. So it’s important to ensure that the fundamentals are there before we commit all the time and effort.