Welcome to Get Swimming, delivered by The Irish Times in association with Swim Ireland.
‘A mile is a very long way to travel when you have no jet pack ... and you are in a pool’
This week we’re building our swimming distance from 500m to 650m in three sessions, mainly using front crawl and back crawl.
This week, we build up to a distance of 800 metres, with Olympic swimmer and swim coach Melanie Nocher, guiding you along the way.
This week, we work up to 900 metres in three sessions, with the programme focused on breathing, breast stroke and mushroom float techniques. The instruction video meanwhile looks at turning and bilateral breathing.
This week’s programme focuses on front and back crawl body and head positions and catch up arm pull. Your swimming coach, former Olympian Melanie Nocher offers tips on these and combination floating in our instruction video.
This week’s programme focuses on: breast stroke, sculling practice and bilateral breathing.
This week’s programme focuses on working towards being able to swim 1,200 metres
This week we’re building our swimming distance to approximately 1,300m or 66 lengths of a 17-20 meter pool
This week, we are working on extending the distance you can swim comfortably to 1,400m. The programme also focuses on tumbling in the middle of the pool and at the wall, breathing and floating.
This week, we are building up to swimming 1,500m and shortening our rest time between lengths. We are also focusing on push and glide techniques and changing direction when sculling. To relax we are looking at floating positions and picking an object up off the floor.
This will be your first week swimming 1,600 meters, congratulations. We are focusing on breathing, timing, leg kick and arm pull. To relax we are looking mushroom floating to hand stand and treading water. We are also going to give butterfly a go.
In this week's programme, we are working on extending the distance you can swim comfortably to 1,800m. You are working on perfecting your stroke at this stage, turning at the wall and surface dives, head first and feet first. Your swimming coach, former Olympian Melanie Nocher, will address these areas in this week’s to see how this will go for you.
Pat yourself on the back, next week you will be swimming a mile. In this week's programme we will work on preparing for the big day.
Disclaimer: Swimming is a strenuous activity and is not without risk. Before embarking on this or any other exercise programme you should consult with your doctor. By participating in the programme you acknowledge that The Irish Times, Swim Ireland or their agents cannot be held liable for any injuries or other problems that may occur as a result.