As kids, we had swim classes during school hours and some of us probably attended the local swim club. But when school days are behind us, there is nothing much on offer for adults who want to continue this beneficial exercise and sport.
At best you might you try to maintain a few laps in the local pool each week but there is precious little guidance or encouragement. You loose a bit of fitness and worse still, some bad habits creep into your stroke and now it’s harder.
If you like swimming as an active pastime but find it a bit of a struggle then listen up.
Ever wondered how the elite swimmer makes it look so easy? Well, it’s because they are taught the mechanics of an efficient swim stroke. And furthermore, they have a coach who continually observes them and applies corrective measures. As we get older and movement becomes harder, that sort of advice can be really valuable.
You too can get a bit of pro advice at a special freestyle swimming workshop being held at the Sapphire Aquatic Centre, Pambula this Saturday – June 8. It’s not for kids, it’s designed just for adults over 18 and it will be delivered by accredited adult coaches from the ACT and Sydney specialising in adult swimmers.
Don’t expect a big workout. You don’t have to be super fit. The classes run 1 ½ hours and there is dry-land theory involved before getting into the water to practice all the elements that make up efficient freestyle. Each phase of the stroke is explained from head position to the arms, the kick and the body position.
The sessions will be held in small groups of up to four swimmers per lane with at least one coach delivering and observing per lane. This results in very individualised instruction. Participants will get a lot out of it and will take away notes and suggestions on how to maintain a regular routine of efficient swimming for fun and fitness.
The Sapphire Coast Adult Swimming Club in conjunction with Sapphire Aquatic Centre and Masters Swimming NSW have organised the event to encourage adults towards more regular swimming.
There is no question that swimming delivers many health benefits as we age. It’s low impact on our bodies resulting in fewer joint issues – can you remember anyone ever breaking a bone while swimming? Add to that the amazing cardiovascular benefits and you’re sure to cut a lean figure in those Speedos!
If you want to be in on this there is not much time. Positions are filling fast for the two 1 ½ hour sessions on Saturday. The first session is 12.30 to 2.00pm and the second is 2.30 to 4.00pm.
Give me a call on 0418 503 050 to reserve your place, cost is a mere $5.00 and that includes pool entry. We’d love to see you there and make you feel welcome.
Words by Bruce Williamson, Sapphire Coast Adult Swim Club.