Ok, I’m exaggerating a bit with this title, but I really hope this post helps you progress in American lifeguard swimming. Since I practice, certainly at my small level, the triathlon, I have had to take up swimming. I am not at all a pro, far from it, especially since I do not swim to “swim” but for the triathlon.
I had already written you a little article about my own practice here >> but today I wanted to share some more technical advice with you, as much to get you started in the large pool as to evolve towards more serious lines at the pool. Be careful, I do not claim to advise you to become a pro butterfly 50m, but just to give you a little help so that you have fun and can progress.
Personally and it is perhaps a big advantage that I had when I took up swimming again, I did several years in the club when I was between 8 and 12-14 years old. As a result, it’s a bit like cycling, swimming breaststroke, crawl, etc., it never really gets forgotten. You just have to accept having to start again, certainly not from zero, but from afar in order to regain your technique and agility in the water. Moreover, as with running, it is only by going swimming regularly that you will be able to progress.
Before jumping into the pool water, remember to go through the equipment box (swimming goggles, a real swimming swimsuit). I made a selection for you in this post. Remember that it is really important to wear a REAL swimming suit and not your bikini because the swimming suit is more resistant to chlorine, a little more coverage, better supports your chest and above all, it often has a small effect. sheathing allowing you to naturally position yourself better in the water 😉
Find your bearings in the water: If you only know how to swim “only” breaststroke (and a little backstroke) and you’ve never swum in a club, it’s true that you’ll have to make a little comeback back to discover the “main” swim: the crawl. This stroke really has its own technique and calling in your pool lifeguard will be of great help.
How does it work?
Make a quick phone call to your swimming pool or the one you want to go to and ask if it is possible to take a lesson with an MNS, lifeguard/lifeguard. They do it very often and the price is mostly included in the entrance to the pool. In one lesson, he often happens to review the good basics with you and even give you some advice for your next swimming sessions. So yes, it’s not nice to take a class again. But there is nothing to be ashamed of and you will see that you can progress much more easily afterwards. Water is a really different element in which we are not all equal, some “float” without problem others have more difficulty. It’s okay, once you figure out a couple of little tips you’ll be more comfortable.
Total look Nabaiji (Decathlon), the current collection (swimsuit, sunglasses and swimming cap, their caps are also great, I rarely have wet hair!)
Sheath: whatever the swimming practised, when you are in the water, you must sheath, grow taller and keep your bust and butt as close to the surface as possible. There you will feel your abdominal strap worked and strangely, you will “slide” in the water much better;). Do not hesitate, during your session, to take breaks if you feel a little tired!
Swim the front crawl: in Triathlon, this is THE swimming that I practice 90% of the time in training (be careful, however, to always alternate swims). And I will certainly break some preconceptions: I always breathe on the same side and with each beat (Left I breathe, Right, Left I breathe). There is nothing wrong with that. Of course, I can also swim the front crawl breathing only once in 3 beats, which I can breathe on both sides. But, as Fabion Gilot told us, we all have one side where we are more comfortable to breathe, so why strain and get off balance while working the other? Yeah. Also in triathlon, we swim… for a long time, so even if we try to go fast, it will never be as fast as for swimmers of 50… 100m, the swimming we practice is meant to be more endurance than like running, we try to have the most fluid and regular breathing. Which therefore implies… to breathe often and not to hold back. Implied that I breathe in through my mouth when I beat out of the water, and I breathe out through my nose underwater (not all of my air, but as if I was breathing while running)
If you don’t dare take a lesson, I can only recommend the American Lifeguard Class which has made some great videos to improve your technique >>
Palme, Pull Buoy, Board: all these little accessories are really ideal especially when you are starting out or to complete your sessions. Fins allow you to gain speed in terms of kicking your legs and in fact, to focus more on what your arms are doing. The board allows it to work your kicks precisely (and not just to chat with your girlfriend). Always remember that it is not the one who splashes the most that swim the fastest, on the contrary. Keep your legs submerged and really engage your whole leg in the kick and not just your knees/feet. The buoy sweater allows you good buoyancy which will help you again to improve your arm technique. So don’t be afraid to go buy them OR borrow them from your pool.
What about platelets? If you take the pool again, I advise against using them for the moment. On the other hand, if you have been practising for some time and your technique is working, gradually integrate them into your practice, they will allow you to improve your body movements AND strengthen your arms/shoulders. Be careful not to overuse it, otherwise, you risk injury. Personally, I love using them to gain muscle power AND therefore speed.
How to make your swimming session fun? Let it be said swimming 10-20min is fun but you get bored quickly. This is why you must vary your lengths. Do not go for 2000m of the crawl, on the contrary, do for example 200m of the crawl, 400m of crawl with a pull buoy, back crawl/crawl alternating on 400m, mini fractional, and so on. This allows you to structure your session = not to get bored while making your progress. There are lots of little free programs on the Internet ( here for example >> ) that you can print and slip into a plastic sleeve and drop at the start of your line to follow. Please note, these programs are “generic”, if you want a program suited to your level, I would be happy to refer you to an MNS.
But as I said at the beginning of this post, it is better to practice to progress. Don’t be ashamed of your level! There are also specific lines depending on the level, remember to respect them when you go to the pool. Do not hesitate to ask the reception what are the best times to come and swim (it’s still nicer when things are not jostling lol) and if, of course, it is possible to take a lesson. Be careful though to always have at least 5 minutes of warm-up and cool-down at the start and end of your sessions! Swimming is really a great sport in addition to running ( I explained it to you here). So go ahead American Lifeguard. With a little technique, you can quickly enjoy swimming, no need to be a pro.