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Top 5 Essential Swim Skills To Master | Triathlon Swimming Tips For Beginners


(upbeat music) In triathlon, it all
kicks off with the swim so it’s not a surprise
that this can cause fear in many beginner athletes. – That’s right, but
learning a few simple skills can give you a lot more
confidence in the water and they’re not that hard to grasp. So today, we’re here at the
Best Swim Centre in Mallorca and we’ve picked out five essential skills for you to master. (upbeat music) First up, we’ve got breathing. Now we do this 24 hours
a day, seven days a week, but suddenly it seems so hard
once we get into the water. A big mistake is to take a big breath and then hold it until your next. But what this does is it
actually creates a lot of tension in your upper body and
changes your technique and your body position in the water. Oddly, holding a big breath will actually make you more desperate for air. This is due to the CO2 or carbon dioxide build up in your lungs and muscles. (upbeat music) So, once you’ve taken a breath you should start exhaling
underneath the water this should be a constant
stream of bubbles and make sure you’ve fully
exhaled underneath the water. Otherwise, this leaves you
a short window to exhale and inhale when you rotate your head. Sinking mushrooms or
sink downs aren’t just for kids to have fun doing. They’re a great way of practising this trickling of your
breath and water confidence. Take your breath and curl into a ball. Now start to exhale. You should start to sink. Keep exhaling and aim to touch the bottom then come up again. Practise this a few times through. (upbeat music) – Mastering the tumble turn can save a lot of time and effort. And it’s not actually as
tricky as you might think. Essentially, it’s just a somersault with a push off the wall. So a great place to
start is by practising pushing off the wall into a somersault. And once you’ve mastered
that, you can progress this by taking a few strokes and
then into your somersault, making sure you keep your head tucked in and your chin as close to
your chest as possible. And now, you’re ready to
start doing a somersault towards the wall. As you build your confidence, start turning closer to the wall. Using the T at the bottom
of the pool is a great guide for starting a somersault. And when you’re ready, you
can introduce the push off, just make sure you keep
your head tucked in throughout the whole tumble turn. (upbeat music) Drafting is essentially free
speed by using another swimmer to help you swim faster. So you can either draught off their hip by swimming in their
wake that they create, or you can follow their feet in a way very similar to drafting on a bike. Drafting on the hip requires swimming quite close to the other swimmer. So before you start trying this
on a random public swimmer, perhaps ask a friend instead. I suggest breathing
towards the other swimmer so that you know where they are. Your head should be inline
with their hip or just above and you want to get as close as you can without touching or
hindering the other swimmer. Drafting on the feet is
quite straightforward, but to get an effective draught, you should be close
enough that you’re almost touching their feet. Even being just 30
centimetres off the feet will reduce the amount of
draught that you can get. Sighting in the open water
sounds like an easy skill, but you’ll be surprised how
much energy you can waste by doing it badly. If you lift your head out too much, your feet will sink
acting a bit like a brake. So every time you sight, you lose speed and then have to work
hard to get that speed back up again. Ideally, you want to sight
by just lifting your eyes out of the water. This means you should still breath to side as you normally would,
but you fit the sighting into your stroke just before you breath. As you push down at the
front of the stroke, lift your eyes out and
sight the buoys ahead. Then, breath to the side. With a little practise,
you can make this smooth and seamless. So if you’re a triathlete,
they usually can’t wait for the swim to be over. These five essential
swimming tips will make a significant difference. Now to see more from GTN,
don’t forget you can subscribe by clicking on the globe. – And to see an essential
triathlon skills video, just click below. – And to see a video on
swimming skills, click here.

Reynold King

100 Replies to “Top 5 Essential Swim Skills To Master | Triathlon Swimming Tips For Beginners”

  1. I'm not even a beginner. I've been swimming for about 7 years now but even the breath thing was really helpful! Will definitely help my strokes!

  2. Thankew very much learned alot.. going 2 practise this thing in the pool.. thnx for making such an informative video.. By the way, I usually take a long breath and then exhale in water I have been doing this since a long time, but today I heard something else.. will try this thing for sure.. BTW my swimming style is fine but I can't gain the speed I dont know why I am 5 '9 and 76kg.. maybe its weight or

  3. when i do a summersault underwater even if I breathe out, it still goes thru my noes and burns my head so I dont do it :/

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  5. anyone here knows why i have to completely empty my lungs before i can start sinking to the bottom of the pool? if i kept any air within me i will just float upwards towards the surface..

  6. I'm terrible with breathing , anytime I do I drunk a lot of water by mouth and nose ,any other technical to help me to be better swimmer ?

  7. I can do free back and breast but if I even do a 25 fly I get more wore out than doing a 100free at race speed or a 500

  8. You really shouldn’t twist your body as you push off the wall it adds more time and you end up loosing power when you do that so you don’t get as good as a start. What you should do is push off from a squat position and push off on you back and stay on your back before turning onto your side after you push off the wall. You don’t need to turn all the way onto your stomach on a flip turn.

    I have been swimming competitively for about 7 years.

  9. This video really helpful. I am a beginner so I will study this video and practice every week, trying to study correct skills

  10. for some reason i cant breathe out with my nose underwater in a pool. Its impossible for me. But i was able to do it when i tried it out in my bathtub. I dont understand whats stopping me from doing it in a pool. Some advice?

  11. Great bit of advice on breathing! When swimming my breathing is all over the place and I find it difficult to style a stroke properly in addition to copying with the cold water. It's so humiliating to go back to a beginners swimming class and look a complete fool!

  12. As a former County level swimmer I would say one of the best things swimmers of ANY level can do is to have themselves videoed as they are swimming. The amount of people I see training in the pool who are probably kidding themselves that they are the new Michael Phelps & yet are slapping the water with arm entries, being all out of shape when breathing & a multitude of other easily remedied problems is phenomenal! The arm slap is a big one, end of the day noise is energy, you should be like an aquatic ghost going through the water!

  13. I’m not actually a beginner, I’ve been learning strokes since I was about 3. I do however want to join a swim team so… Edit, those tumble turn things are the things that I’m not very good at though. I’m always too far from it. 🤷🏽‍♀️

  14. Excellent tips here and really good video of technique. Extending the reach allows the swimmer to gain a long, taut body position and balance in the water, thereby getting the legs longer and closer to the surface and reducing drag. Think of paddling kayaks – which would cut through the water better, an inflatable kayak or a carbon fiber racing kayak? The swimmer's body needs to be long and more rigid like the carbon fiber kayak hull because of the power from "paddling" with your "blade" (fingertips to elbow) needs to transfer to a hull that can cut through the water (unlike one that is soft, legs splayed, bent at waist, etc).

    Many triathletes are “adult-learned” (aka adult-onset) swimmers and need to improve swimming technique efficiency and increase sustained power. There are 2 common traits that experienced swimmers possess and which most adult-onset swimmers lack. Coach Conrad Goeringer, author of the excellent book "The Working Triathlete", cites 2 factors that adult-onset swimmer need to swim better:

    1. Improve body position to maintain a long, taut, strong body line from head to toe. When swimmers drag their legs and feet, this creates a lot more drag, which requires more energy expenditure to cover any set distance. The common causes are weak core muscles and lack of awareness of the need for a long bodyline balance in the water.

    2. The ability to sustain a propulsive catch: Many poor swimmers “drop their elbow during the stroke, and this causes the arm and hand to slip in the water, rather than getting a hold on the water. Also, adult-learned swimmers often swim with a “monospeed” pull, thereby not engaging the large muscles of the Latissimus and upper back that are essential for propulsion.

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    If you want to get faster, more powerful, and efficient, I recommend this free 5-part course with coach Karlyn Pipes, Masters swimming world-record holder, and internationally recognized Freestyle technique guru:
    https://vasatrainer.com/blog/overcoming-freestyle-monospeed-why-how-and-when-to-accelerate-hand-speed/

  15. Hi! I was wondering if you could help me. I wanna try out for my school swim team but I have no experience. My school is really competitive and has been winning state for 25 years.I was thinking about doing joining an out of school team and try to prepare myself. Also my parents aren't really sure about the idea. They wanted me to do a sport and so I picked swimming( I have a feeling ). I'm not really sure how I can convince them but I don't want to do swim if I'm just preparing to fail. I'm planning to actually try and practice but as I said I don't want to do it if I'm just preparing to fail.
    Do you think I can/should do it? My school tryouts are in October.
    I was wondering if you could could give me tips on how to prepare, what to bring to tryouts and practice, what strokes I need to know, tips about swim and strokes, what gear I would need,how to do starts and turns, what conditioning exercises, etc.
    Also my school team is a swim+dive team. Do I really need to know how to dive?
    Also I know this shouldn't really affect my decision but I'm worried about what other people on the team will think. I'm not really friends with any swimmers but I know that they know that I don't do swimming. I'm just worried that everyone will judge me.

  16. No comment from either of you on the bicep curl you use to pull yourselves over when doing your tumble turns… Hands and palms pull from hip to over your head so arms are extended out in front before you push off the wall… Every one does it, but almost no one teaches it.

  17. Would someone please watch my swim video and help me troubleshoot it? I'm new to Triathlons and the swim is my weak event. SUx: https://youtu.be/BxJeagG1Ogo
    Thanks in advance.

  18. Thank you for this lovely swimming demo and vital tips. The duo is remarkably awesome to listen too. Quite articulate with elaborations. I am an enthusiastic swimmer and indeed have learned salient swimming techniques on how to become a better swimmer. Thank you again lady and gentleman. Keep it up please lovely duo tutors!!! Appreciation from Samuel

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