Swimming novice– swim more frequently but shorter periods. Reduce the amount of time ‘unlearning’ between swims.
Swimming enthusiast– work with a coach. Huge gains can be made for modest changes to your swim technique.
Experienced high-level swimmer– check your progress by performing some specific, reproducible swim sets. Measure if you’re getting faster, fitter or swimming further. Add some accountability to your swimming.
What are the main benefits of having a swimming coach?
A swimming coach will guide you and describe the mistakes you make, along with the corrections. They will help translate the technical points that you might be misinterpreting into fluid swimming movements.
Can you teach yourself better swimming technique?
Teaching yourself better technique isn’t easy, as most swimmers struggle to understand what they’re doing right and wrong while in the water. You can watch good technique, read good technique, even picture good technique in your mind, but this is rarely translated into performing the correct movements.
Nothing is going to help you more than becoming a consistent swimmer. The other side of the coin is, a lot of the improvements you make will quickly disappear if you let your consistency derail. Schedule it!
Latex or light cotton gloves (prevents micro-tears when pulling on your wetsuit from fingernails or too-hard pulling)
Plastic bags or old socks (put on your foot to help pull your wetsuit on)