Benefits of competitive swimming. The sport provides us a lot. It serves as a proving ground for setting goals, learning resilience, and developing ridiculously good looking physiques. Competitive swimmers are whiz kids when it comes to breaking down splits and stroke counts. All that lap counting in the water, adding of times, and continuous focus helps us better concentrate in other areas of life.
Research proves time and time again the benefits of swimming. … When you start competitive swimming, you hit all the right spots for this. Swimming builds up your cardio endurance while toning muscles as you work against the water. It offers a full-body workout.
A positive mindset is arguably one of the most important tools for a swimmer to develop. Talent can win you games, but character and attitude win championships. Coaches would rather invest their time in athletes who are motivated, coach-able, hard-working, disciplined and great teammates over a selfish group of talented athletes. Positive swimmers are ready for anything that is thrown at them, whether their goggles fall off during the start or they swim a personal best.
The best swimmers on the planet focus on the process in order to get the most of themselves when it matters most.
Whether it means sticking to their race plan, focusing on their technique, or concentrating on the things they control.
Promoted from our AquaPups and able to swim all 4 strokes. Here our swimmers develop stroke techniques and also start working on endurance. All the latest techniques are introduced and these swimmers are able to register with Cape Town Metro Aquatics and start to participate in Junior League galas. Sessions are 45 min.
Promoted from Yellow squad. Stroke development and techniques gets more and more attention and also more emphasis on endurance and they get introduced to understand their goals bringing down those times . At this level they also aim to start qualifying for level 2 times at galas. Sessions are 60 min.
Promoted from Blue squad once they have qualified with Senior League times. Attention to detail to prepare these swimmers to qualify for Level 3 times in all strokes. More intense training but still a lot of fun. Sessions are 60 min.
Swimmers are being prepared to participate in WC Championships and striving for National qualifying times. Intense training and still fun. Training sessions are 90 min.
10 RULES FOR SHARING A LANE WITH OTHER SWIMMERS
Swimming is a lot like driving, or walking, in that there are accepted norms for how we share the space we use. In general, the rules outlined can be lumped under the notion of swimming conscientiously of others in the hope that your fellow swimmers will do the same for you.
Here are 10 rules swimmers should be aware of when sharing a lane with a fellow paddler:
1. Don’t push off right before a swimmer comes in to turn.
This is one of those behaviors that some swimmers – regardless of age or experience – simply never grow out of. Pushing off right when another swimmer is coming in to turn means that this swimmer will push off either, a) right beside you, or b) on top or below you.
2. Cross the T to turn.
When going into the wall cross into the center of the lane and turn at the middle of the lane so that you have less distance to travel to get to the other side of the lane. In a busy pool odds are good that another swimmer will be hot on your heels, so turning in the center to the wall insures that you don’t push off into incoming swimmers.
3. Take the empty lane first.
If there is an empty lane, take it! Simple as that.
4. Give other swimmers space.
Unless the pool is completely brimming with swimmers – as is typical at a meet with one pool and 1,500+ swimmers – give the other swimmers in your lane a generous amount of space. As with pushing off right before someone turns, don’t swim on the heels of other swimmers.
5. Check for the direction of the circle before jumping in.
I cannot count how many times swimmers have jumped in and started swimming against the posted circle directions. It causes log jams and confusion when people swim against the flow of traffic.
6. Don’t split the lane unless agreed to.
If there are two swimmers in a lane often times they will split it, with one swimmer taking a side. This is something that should be decided between the two swimmers – don’t jump in and assume the other swimmer will automatically understand what you mean to do.
Similarly, when you are the third swimmer to the lane, do the courteous thing and wait at the end of the lane until both swimmers see you and revert back to circle swimming.
7. Rest in the corners.
Between reps and sets it’s normal to want to catch your breath, and reset yourself mentally for the next round of swimming. Rest in the corners of the lane, as close to the wall or lane rope as possible so that other swimmers can turn unobstructed. If you decide to chill out in the middle of the lane don’t be surprised if you get flip-turned on.
8. Choose a lane according to your speed, not your ego.
Yes, we all want to think that we are the fastest swimmer in the pool. This, sadly, isn’t always the case. Choose a lane that matches up with how quickly (or slowly) you are planning on swimming. In other words, the lane in which the swimmers are the least likely to impede your swimming, and vice versa.
9. Tap and pass.
When moving past slower moving swimmers in your lane, tap them once on the foot and speed up to pass them. If you are about to be passed, do not speed up. Stay to the side and allow the faster moving swimmer to cruise past you. Passing down the middle of the lane when it is busy is dangerous and runs the risks of head on collisions, so make the transaction as smooth as possible whether you are passing or being passed.
10. Bring your own stuff.
This seems like an obvious one, but bring your own equipment to the lane. Using the gear that belongs to other swimmers is not only bad etiquette in the pool, but a bad policy to have in life. The pull-buoys or paddles that other swimmers have will be adjusted to fit them specifically, so bring your own equipment.
Thanks to Olivier Poirier-Leroy