Truro High for Girls Senior Swim session. Free for members and up to 3 sessions on a trial basis. Must be booked in advance on the link below:
Don’t let the groms have all the fun! Our Have-A-Go Wednesdays are an opportunity for older members to try all the cool stuff the nippers get up to. The session is multi-level and runs according to conditions and what people want to do. Most evenings involve a bit of swimming, board paddling or Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), jumping off rocks and playing in the waves. A full wetsuit is essential.
Here are some of the swimming drills we’ve been introducing to the (optional) program at club pool sessions. Each provides a method of developing an element of your swim stroke that can be largely self coached, although this is no replacement for getting some proper one-to-one coaching or video review from time to time.
The fingertip drag drill focuses on your arm position as you are recovering from each stroke. Dragging your fingertips across the top of the water as you recover from each pull forces you to control your arm movement. It also prevents you from wasting energy or moving your arms haphazardly after each stroke.
To do this drill, begin by swimming freestyle as usual, then after you pull under the water and begin to bring your arm back up, drag your fingers over along the top of the water as you return your hand to the start of the stroke position. Be sure to keep your elbows more parallel to the water. This drill helps bring awareness to your arm position during recovery.
Extending your body and your arms helps create a fluid stroke and get the maximum distance out of each stroke. While you can subconsciously shorten your arm strokes in an effort to move faster, it is important to lengthen your body while performing freestyle for this stroke to be fluid. The catch up drill will help you become aware of how you should be extending your arms during your stroke.
Begin with your standard freestyle kick and pull, then keep your left arm extended forward not moving until you pull with your right arm and return it to the extended position. Then pull with your left arm and repeat the move on the other side alternating as you swim down the lane. As the name implies, this drill done properly feels as though your right arm is catching up to your left before you can perform the next stroke and vice versa.