At the heart of the system lies six classic ways in which people swim freestyle, ranging from complete beginner to Olympic champion. We’ve given each a memorable name:
The Bambino - new to swimming, anxious in the water with very poor feel for the water
The Kicktastic - normally swum as a child but overly reliant on propulsion from the kick
The Overglider - adult learner who takes a cerebral approach to improving their efficiency
The Swinger - experienced swimmer with a punchy stroke and lots of motivation
The Smooth - classic long smooth stroke that traditional swim coaches aspired to
Identify your type from the Swim Type profiles (in detail here) and we can give you step by step instructions on how to improve your swimming - that REALLY WORKS.
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A Coaching Perspective
After attending our recent Coach Education Course in Florida, here’s what coach Mike Jotautas (Kentucky) had to say:
Mike’s gained a lot there from 3 days but imagine how good he will become after being mentored by us for a full year, including 2 weeks intensive training at our home base in Perth, Australia. The sort of insight offered by Swim Types gives Swim Smooth certified coaches such an edge - letting them work on a swimmer’s individual needs to take large strides forward.
Want some of this Swim Smooth magic applied to your own swimming? Find your nearest Certified Swim Smooth Coach here: http://www.swimsmooth.com/certifiedcoaches
(And for more information on becoming a Certified Coach yourself, visit: http://www.swimsmooth.com/becoming-a-swim-smooth-certified-coach.php)
The Bit Between Your Ears - Our Year End Quiz
One of the most fascinating things about Swim Types is that it also takes account of your personality. In fact with experience it is possible to determine pretty accurately how someone will swim without actually seeing them in the water - just by meeting them and tuning into their personality (scary huh!).
Without realising it you might already have some of that “Swim Type knowledge” building up from meeting other swimmers at your pool. So for a bit of fun, here’s a quick year end quiz to test your knowledge. Which Swim Type might say each of the following? :
2) “Did I miss the warmup already?”
3) “No, no, after you!”
4) “Can I get in and get started now?”
5) “I’m not going to train until I’ve got my technique dialled in.”
7) “Oh god, pull buoy again”
8) “I can’t believe I just did that!”
9) “What’s the point in doing all these drills anyway?”
You can scroll down and see the answers at the end of this post. How many did you get right Neo?
Yes We’re Pigeon Holing A Bit
Of course you might be thinking this is just stereotyping and of course to some extent it is. But because Swim Types takes account of your sporting background, gender, strength, height, build, swimming experience and personality it is a thousand times more effective than telling everyone to work on the same thing in the same way. That one-dimensional approach only worked for the lucky few, Swim Types works for the masses.
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1) A classic Arnie thing to say showing their frustration at not taking to swimming as naturally as they do to other sports. Of course their stroke technique is holding them back and by working on the right things they can improve faster than any other Swim Type.
2) Ah, the classic Smooth is late for another session! Smooths tend to be very talented athletes but can lack motivation to get down the pool and often turn up late for sessions.
3) Even when they're quick enough to lead the lane Bambinos often lack the confidence to do so.
4) Unlike the classic Smooth, the classic Swinger is bursting with motivation and is often at the pool early and looking to start squad sessions early.
5) This is the stereotypical Overglider approach to swimming - an obsession with improving their efficiency by making their stroke longer. But what is long and what is overly-long?
6) You're unlikely to ever hear an Arnie waffle, in fact less is normally more when it comes to Arnie speech.
7) Kicktastics are slower with pull buoys, perhaps thinking they are not strong enough in the upper body. However swimming isn't limited by strength and the kicktastic lacks a good catch and pull through technique.
8) Always underestimating their swimming abilities, the classic Bambino gets a huge buzz when they find out what they really can do!
9) Swingers are motivated to train... but not to drill! They often hurry through drill sets or skip them entirely!
10) Quiet and sometimes aloof, the classic Kicktastic is unlikely to make a lot of noise during a squad session.