Safety Tips For Swiming

We have all heard that a responsible adult should be no more than an arm’s length away from small children when in a pool. Makes sense, right? The adult can grab them should they go under and are with them to monitor their every move. This is a great thing to practice, but there are of course many other things that will help keep kids safe around your pool.

We start with a cover. If you have a cover it should go over the whole pool and have no access to the water once it is deployed. Watch for pooling water on top of the cover though, and get rid of it fast, as this is a drowning hazard all its own. Removable, movable solar covers are not considered covers for a pool and can have disastrous circumstances should a small child fall on top of one that is on the pool.

Pool toys are colourful and fun, but once everyone is out of the pool, all pool toys should come out as well. This stops kids from looking for a toy and finding it in the pool, trying to reach it and possibly falling in. If the toys are on the grass there is no worry. Another thing to remember is to not put any riding toys anywhere near the pool, kids can get on, and fall into the pool on the riding toy. These toys belong no where near the pool area.

Speaking of pool areas, perhaps the biggest safety feature is a fence. It should be climb resistant and at least 4′ tall. It should also encompass the entire pool area and have a self latching, self closing gate, again, one which cannot be climbed. Pool fences made of metal links are super easy to climb so you want one with lateral stats with no more than 4″ between each one. The harder to climb the better as we want to keep children out of the whole area when the pool isn’t being used.

Supervision is key to pool safety, if you know where your children are you will know they’re not in the pool area. Having rules from day one about not diving into a shallow pool and not running on the pool deck, and not putting anything electronic anywhere near the pool will further teach your kids about keeping safe around the water. Keep safe and have fun!

Tips To Improve Your Swimming

Tip #1 Set Powerful Goals

Your goal, a vision of where you want to be is your greatest asset. Setting powerful goals is not enough, you have to know the fundamentals of setting an awesome goal and more importantly, learn how to create a complete and realistic plan for achieving it. Make sure your goals are specific, realistic, measurable, plain, actionable and continuous.

Specific: your goal should be as specific as possible. There should be a particular aspect of your training you intend to work on. Narrow your goals to two or three to help you stay focused and simplify your training and regenerative efforts.

Realistic: set realistic yet challenging goals, this will make you work really hard to achieve them. Avoid setting easy goals which can make you develop a fear of setting future goals with a high risk of non-achievement. However challenging your goals may be, set them based on your level of athletic and competitive abilities.

Measurable: be objective and make sure your goal is performance oriented. For you to keep track of your performance, set time, date, precise amount of change you intend to see and so on, so you don’t miss out on the celebration that comes with your achievement.

Plain: write out your goals and place them in conspicuous places around you for example your bathroom, kitchen, training bag, seeing them will often remind you of your goals at practice. An example of a goal is “to achieve the best time in the 50 yard freestyle competition in the next one month”. Put it into writing and stick it around you.

Actionable: map out an action plan on how you want to achieve your goal. It could range from day-to-day practice to different training methods, to be included in your routine. Training methods could be to:

  • Include maximum speed work in practice at a volume of certain meters per week or
  • Include extra quality kick each day equal to an amount of yards per week

Continuous: make sure your goal setting is an ongoing thing and stick with the plan. Build reminders to keep yourself on track and make out time to regularly review your goals.Tip #2 Break Bad Habits

Habits good or bad make up who we are. How we react to things, what we focus our energy on, what we eat, how we train and so on are pointers to our habits. However, with a commitment to daily actions, bad habits can be transformed into new better ones. There are 4 steps you can take to smash your bad habits:

  • Identify: search within yourself to determine what harmful habits you indulge in that is affecting your performance and when it normally happens. For example, do you give up on difficult sets when you fall behind your teammates or do you eat junk food lunches when you are at school?
  • What’s the payoff?: what do you stand to gain from the bad habits that you hold on so tight to them. In the first example, the payoff is the pride that a full effort wasn’t worth placing behind teammates, so you would rather not put in much effort and place second than to exert all energy and fall behind after all. The second scenario’s payoff is convenience; the 5 minutes before school it will take you to prepare a healthy lunch.
  • What’s the trade-off?: what are you giving up for the pride and convenience? when you hold on to pride you are giving up a better level of fitness and the confidence that would come with a job well done while if you go for the convenience, you would be giving up the proper fuel for your body to perform at optimal level.

Our bad habits are not neutral, they pull us in the opposite direction of where we are supposed to go.

  • Commit: make the commitment to change the bad habits, gradually change them into the form of a new better one. Do a positive self talk whenever the negative thought of “I CAN’T” creeps in. Every time you tell yourself that you can’t, that it’s too difficult, insert a “BUT” and a positive statement at the end. For instance, I can’t finish this set, it’s too hard… but if I did, it would make me a better swimmer.

Tip #3 Motivate YourselfWe all experience those moments where we have doubt. Both in training and competition, where things feel hopelessly stacked up against us. Having a history of your workouts can give you that push to help you get back on track, so to stay motivated, record all of your best times, from the short course and un-shaved off event, to your best 100 free kick (without board), it will help you to track and celebrate them.

Tip #4 Stay Focused

What distinguishes the great from the rest is the ability to focus when it matters most, to be able to shut out the world and make all the noise around disappear. So, to stay focused;

  • Do away with any form of distraction at practice or during competition, log out of your social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snap chat and so on, turn off your mobile phones and any other gadgets.
  • Turn off all mental distractions within and outside you.
  • Don’t hinge on your time by going for long swim sessions, take frequent breaks to refresh yourself mentally and physically.

Tip #5 Track Your PerformanceOne of the biggest benefits of tracking your performance in the pool is getting accountability for your swimming. Regular evaluation is a must over the course of a training cycle or a season. This will help you to;

  • Stay on track with your goals.
  • Know where you are kicking butt.
  • Conquer the weak spots of your training and swimming.

The faster you improve, the more likely you are to beat the competition. At the end of the day, that’s how races are decided, it’s how personal bests are made.

How To Gain Power On Swimming

“I love swimming,” a statement made mostly by many. It is a sport that is highly beneficial for the overall development of the body. It is enjoyed by almost everybody as it is entertaining and keeps fitness in control. It is the best way to burn out those extra kilos and yet feel refreshed. One of the sports enjoyed by people of all ages. It is one of the best ways to keep oneself fit as it includes the whole body movement. It is also gaining momentum as it has been added to the Olympic Games. It is a very relaxing activity and keeps the body in shape.

Strokes in Swimming

• The breaststroke which is quite a difficult one as the body needs to move up and down while gliding against water.

• Backstroke is easier than the breaststroke, both the arms are supposed to exert equal pressure.

• Freestyle stroke involves flipping through the water.

Benefits of Swimming

• It helps to keep the heart rate under control

• It is known to reduce stress levels.

• Helps to build the stamina and muscles

• Keeps weight gain in control

• Prevents heart diseases and regulates blood pressure

• The most relaxing form of exercise in order to be fit

• It enhances flexibility in the body

• Helps in maintaining posture

• An activity which can continue throughout life.

• It keeps one healthy.

• It has many mental benefits as well.

• Staying in water freshens the body.

• Swimming is highly recommended by health specialists.

• It helps in lifting the mood.

Swimming Equipment

• Swimsuits are the foremost requirement to enter a pool.

• It is also important to wear goggles so that the chlorinated water does not enter the eyes.

• Bathing cups also serve as a necessity for protection of hair.

• For beginners, the market has a variety of floaters available which help one to swim

Limitations of swimming

• Staying in chlorinated water can be hazardous to health

• While swimming in an ocean, there are chances of heavy currents which could throw you far away from the shores.

• The biggest threat is that of drowning so it is best to be vigilant when kids or children are swimming.

• The disinfectant if used in more than required quantity can lead to respiratory issues.

• Excess of swimming can also be dangerous for the joints.

• Swimming for longer duration can darken the skin colour.

• Can lead to an ear infection as well.

Swimming can thus be considered to be a full body exercise and offers a seamless combination of aerobics and endurance. It is one of the best ways to keep healthy and fit however it is important to be cautious of the health issues associated with it and be vigilant to not do it excessively.

Became Slow Swimmer

In the twilight of my years I often remember a simpler time when life moved slower with peace and grace. Many a day I often strolled along the shore path of the lake I called home for so many summers when I was young. There in the peace of the morning when the sun first began to shine it’s warmth upon to cool still waters I often notice this lone slow swimmer. From a short distance from the path I was on this gentle figure whose slender grace poised a most breathtaking sight. The beauty of her figure matched the ease of her tempo for her rhythm was like gentle waltz. Her gentle sway as she swam was like the rolling waves that rolled on in. Her locomotion moved me to a completely different reality.

This beautiful slow swimmer whose beauty and grace for many a morning we caught each others eye as she gently swam on. Soon we became familiar sights, me on the path, she swimming on by, for now she even stopped and waved, tempting me to join on in. As I stood speechless as she swam by I could tell she wanted me to join her, and the next morning I did. I will never forget that summer. That one summer where for four weeks every morn at half past ten we swam together, poetry in motion gliding through the gentle waves. Afterwards we’d rest on a nearby pier and a friendship was forged, but nothing more.

When summer was over we said our good-byes. I was hoping that next summer we could resume our friendship and our morning swim. All through that winter I was hoping for more. When the next summer finally came I’d run down to the lake and jumped on in for at half past ten, hoping to see my slow swimmer once again. I stood there waiting, the water still cool. I kept looking but she didn’t come. A sadness came over me as the clouds came rolling in. I started to swim along the shore again but, this time it was different the loneliness set in. I thought to myself afterwards maybe it was meant to be a once in a lifetime encounter with my mermaid of the lake.

It has been over 50 years since those wondrous days and a long time since I was back down by the lake. But, through all the years I still remember with great fondness the fun we shared. I did find out some years later that my slow swimmer had moved far away and was never able to come back to the lake. But the memory of that one summer has stayed through all these years. I just can’t help thinking what could have been if my slow simmer had come back and at half past ten we’d swim again.

As the years have flown by memories do come back. A kaleidoscope of images flashes now and again. The times of my life where moments of joy as well as sorrow fills my conscious thought. But, none so clear as that one summer where my mermaid by the lake held me captive every morn for at half past ten we’d swim again. Of all the times where I yearned for romance that mermaid by the lake the friendship we’d shared made her memory so sweet and dear.

Now, that another summer fast approaches though I am a thousand miles from that lake I still partake of a morning swim at a half past ten where the water is more suited to my aging frame. I still think of the time of that one summer where the gentle clear cool waters invited us to have such sweet tender moments that bring back such fond memories of the times I cherish where my slow swimmer, the mermaid of the lake and I glided through those cool clear waters.