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Swimming Tip Tuesday

Swimming Tip Tuesday: Back Crawl, relax the neck.

This weeks Swimming Tip Tuesday will focus on Back Crawl and relaxation of the neck. A Common beginner mistake while doing Back Crawl is to tilt the head upwards, as if they are looking at their chest or their toes. This creates unnecessary strain on the neck and can lead soreness along the neck. Another disadvantage to this tilted position of the head and neck is, that it partially closes the airway. Thus inhibiting the free flow of the breathe in and out of the body. This tension adds more stress on the body, ultimately compromising our streamlined position.Swimming Tip Tuesday

When performing Back Crawl, the swimmer wants to relax their head back so that their ears are partially or fully submerged in the water. If either the swimmer or instructor notices that there is still a feeling of tension within the neck, or that the body position looks awkward. There is another way to set the body into streamlined position.

The swimmer while on their back, must focus on where their chin points:

  • If the swimmers chin is pointed towards the chest that indicates that the swimmer is looking at their chest/toes.
  • If the swimmer’s chin is pointed upwards towards the ceiling, this means that the swimmer is overcompensating and looking towards the wall behind them.

The swimmer wants the chin to be held within these two points (as mentioned above) so that the swimmer is looking directly at the ceiling above them while performing Back Crawl. Maintaining this position will remove all tension, and keep the swimmer in a streamlined position.

Once the swimmer as achieved the ideal body positioning for the head and neck, the swimmer will also increase their speed for their will be less drag acting on the body.

Expert Tip: In short your head should be still and your neck relaxed. Holding your head up too high will cause strain to the neck and slow you down in the water.

Until Next Swimming Tip Tuesday!

Swimming Tip Tuesday

Swimming Tip Tuesday: Breaststroke arm movements

This weeks Swimming Tip Tuesday we will discuss Breaststroke and focus on the arm movements.

When instructing this skill, instructors tell their students to “pull, breathe, whip and glide” as a way to remember the steps for the entire stroke. For the purpose of this discussion we will focus on the “pull, breathe” portion of this little saying. Starting from the top of the stroke our body is streamline, hands together in front of the head, as well the legs are close together behind. This is our body positioning at the very beginning and end of the stroke, please refer to the photo below for a visual.Natation Conseil Mardi
The swimmer will then take their arms and part them outwards, creating a box shape, at the sides of the body, while keeping the elbows inline with the shoulders. It is at this point that the swimmer will lift their head up to breathe hence the steps “pull, breathe”.  Immediately afterwards to generate forward momentum the swimmer will pull the arms from that position at the sides of the body in towards the chest and push forward. A common beginner mistake involves sweeping the arms to wide, pulling the arms past the shoulders, creating a longer distance for the arms to travel to return to a streamlined glide position. Ideally beginners want to create a box shape with the upper portion of their body always stopping at the shoulders.
Dependent on if the swimmer is performing Breaststroke as a common swimmer, or a racing swimmer the arm movements will look slightly different. Racing strokes have an emphasis on maintaining speed, by focusing on reduction of drag. Drag in this context, is when the water acts against the swimmer slowing them down. This can also be understood as time spent out of streamline position in which the body is not working to generate forwards momentum effectively. To improve speed for this stroke and reduce drag, one wants to keep the arms close to the body as they pull around. This is accomplished by bringing keeping the arms in tight as they move down towards the sides of the swimmers torso, dropping the elbows just under the shoulders, before pushing forward.
If speed is something of interest to you as a swimmer, looking into Aqua Fun Academy’s ASAC program, in which we develop swimmer skills and enhance their overall stroke performance. 
That’s all for this weeks Swimming Tip Tuesday, until next time! Swimming Tip Tuesday

Swimming Tip Tuesday: Breaststroke

Our Swimming #TipTuesday On Breaststroke:

When streamlined, i.e. when gliding, keep your forehead above the water. Keeping your whole head under is too low, and whole head over is too high. Forehead only over is a natural position that keeps your neck in-line with your spine. In turn, it allows for better posture, which increases swimmer performance and prevents back pain and other spine-related injuries.

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Swimming Tip Tuesday: Front Crawl

Our Swimming Tip Tuesday of the week:

Focus on pulling straight back as you roll your shoulder or take a breath.
This technique is called “Catch and Pull”. Concentrate your efforts on simply pressing water back behind you with the palm of your hand still looking back behind you. Combined with good rotation, this pull through will lead to an efficient long stroke technique, but one that is not overly long. The single biggest difference between a normal swimmer and an elite swimmer is a vastly superior catch and pull. Applies to front crawl.

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Swimming Motivation Monday: Opportunity

Today’s Swimming Motivation Monday:

Inside every problem lies an opportunity.

How things that might appear to be problems, can actually be the best way to set yourself apart from others.


Inside every problem lies an opportunity


Swimming Tip Tuesday: Arm Entry

Our Swimming Tip Tuesday of the week:

Entry should be between the centre line of the head and the shoulder line and the hand should be directed with the palm facing down and out so the thumb first enters the water first. Applies to front crawl.

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Entry should be between the centre line


Swimming Wanderlust Wednesday: Tour Odeon

Today’s Swimming Wanderlust Wednesday: Tour Odeon

If your $400 million dollars is burning a hole in your pocket and need somewhere nice to evade taxe…retire comfortably, you might consider this sweet penthouse suite at Tour Odeon in Monaco. The Tour Odeon, a double-skyscraper being built by Groupe Marzocco SAM near Monaco’s Mediterranean seafront, will contain a 3,300 square-meter (35,500 square-foot) penthouse with a water slide connecting a dance floor to a circular open-air swimming pool.


Tour Odeon


Swimming Tip Tuesday: Flat Stomach

Our Swimming Tip Tuesday of the week:

Try to keep your stomach flat and level to support your lower back. Applies to front crawl.

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Try to keep your stomach flat

Swimming Friday Funday

Swimming Friday Funday

#FridayFunday is: Going for a private lap swim in our pool. Thanks to our ASAC swimmer Cole.

Have a great weekend everyone!


April 12, 2016


Swimming Wanderlust Wednesday: Meliá Dubai

Today’s Swimming Wanderlust Wednesday: Meliá Dubai

When you just need raw, uncensored luxury, Dubai is the place to be. A well-kept secret in the heart of the city, Meliá Dubai is the first 5 star Spanish hotel in the Middle East. Meliá’s rooftop in Port Rashid overlooks the entire Dubai skyline, offering majestic views of the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa. The fireworks show on New Years Eve just makes it that much more special.

Oh right, there’s also a pool.


Meliá Dubai