Do You Know How to Correct Freestyle Technique?

This quiz tests you whether you have the essential knowledge to see faults and make corrections in Freestyle. It will tell you whether you are ready to be a coach. Enjoy!

Does a Coach Have to be Physically Present in Order for Swimmers or Triathletes to see Results?

A coach is indispensable to the serious athlete – everyone from Olympians to up-and-coming youth athletes needs experts who can spot the strengths and weaknesses of an athlete’s style and cater to their personal needs.

However, the rise of technology has made way for an increase in remote coaching, even Artificial Intelligence systems which could be almost sophisticated enough to the job jus as well as – better in some ways – than the old human experts.

 In present days they are variety of apps such as Speedo ON that craft workouts. SwiMMinD went a step further. Behind SwiMMinD there are World Class Coaches, World Champions and Olympic Champions that annotate/analyse/correct swimming techniques of swimmers or triathletes across the world while teaching SwiMMinD (Artificial Intelligence swimming Brain) which will do the stroke correction just as any expert coach.  

Those who have not yet tried remote coaching may wonder about its effectiveness. They wonder whether remote stroke corrections are as good or better than the traditional. That is why they should ask themselves the following questions:

Do I have a coach?

Do I have a coach that gives me personal attention?

Can I afford a personal coach?

Do I train during off-season?

Do I know whether my coach or the coach of my children gives appropriate stroke corrections?

Do I know how to use apps such as Dartfish, Coach’s Eye etc. to correct my swim technique?

Does my coach keep me motivated?

At SwiMMinD we believe that if you answered NO to at least one of the above questions, you should consider remote coaching, especially if you want to improve your performance.

Remote coaching can be a great option to both swimmers and triathletes for a number of reasons, including (but not limited to):

  • Time savings – Remote coaching can happen on a tight or unpredictable schedule, which can be great for swimmers that work long hours or travel. For instance, due to technology advancements, swimmers now could record and upload themselves swimming at any time and receive prompt stroke corrections.
  • Access to expertise – Remote coaching gives any swimmer access to the top coaches from around the world, without having to pack up and move to train with them. At SwiMMinD the stroke corrections come from World Class Coaches, World and Olympic Champions.
  • Consistency & Motivation – The new technology, mobile apps such as Speed ON provides the right workouts at the right time. SwiMMinD provides digital awards for stroke corrections improvements which leads to consistent swim training to make small, steady improvements.  That’s motivational.
  • Performance boosts – Remote coaching can provide additional insights that might otherwise be missed by the athlete training on their own or with coach who does not wants to upskill himself or even worse, does not have the appropriate skills to coach.

But there are some challenges that swimmers might face as well, including:

  • Commitment – Remote coaching is still a commitment and it’s still something that the athlete needs to make time for
  • Costs – Remote coaching isn’t usually free, and costs can range from low to high depending on the coach/expert and the equipment involved. At the moment SwiMMinD provides FREE remote stroke analysis.
  • Access to technology – There will be technology involved but nowadays this technology is in almost everybody’s pocket. For instance, to if you want to record and upload a video in SwiMMinD for video analysis, all you need is your phone.

In view of the above, one can conclude that remote coaching which could include AI assistance can yield similar results to in-person training if you commit to it.  Therefore, if you need to improve performance, you might not need physical coach.

The future is in the present. Technology allows you to become a better swimmer, a better triathlete.

When should a swimmer specialize in one stroke or the other?

It is easy to place young swimmers in a category based on success in a particular sport. Often parents will assume that a 9-year-old who wins junior breaststroke events will be an international breaststroke star in senior swimming. Senior, experienced instructors, coaches often comment that this is rarely the case. Difference in limb lengths, muscle size and shape, range of motion around joints, training background and genetics all play a part in determining eventual success. Here are some general guidelines associated with changes in a swimmer’s growth and development.

  • Changes in size and shape of a swimmer during adolescence and growth mean that today’s football star may be tomorrow’s swimmer and vice versa. This season’s freestyler may be next season’s butterfly star. Try not to label swimmers as one thing or the other until they are fully mature.
  • Train all swimmers in the basics of flexibility, body awareness, core body strength and self-monitoring.
  • Emphasize technique development and skill refinement at all times.
  • Work on improving flexibility in all muscle groups and around all joints.
  • Swimmers (pre-puberty) should be encouraged to train as middle-distance freestylers and medley swimmers. This approach gives them the endurance base that will be important for all swimming distances and the medley swimming gives them the swimming skills in all strokes.

In or out of the water?

This question is a common concern of many swimming teachers and is governed by the answer to another question: How many students can the teacher see at any given moment? Obviously, the answer has to be “all of them”. If the teacher, when in water, can safely observe the entire class at all times, then this is considered permissible. However, to be in the water at the same level as the students, so that only a few of them can be seen, is considered an unsafe practice. The ability levels of the students also need to be taken into consideration, as beginner-level students need to have the teacher in the water with them.

Beginner and intermediate students benefit more and often respond better by having interaction with the teacher in the water. As long as supervision is maintained, students benefit from teacher demonstrations, communication on the same level, and a greater sense of safety and comfort.

TEACHING TIPS

  • When instructing in or out of the water, the teacher should be able to observe the students at all times.
  • The teacher must be prepared to enter the water in the event of an emergency and therefore must be appropriately attired.

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