Back to swimming – tips before you dip
Unlike other forms of exercise, swimming during lockdown was pretty much impossible (unless you’re one of the lucky few with a private pool!).
That means that everyone headed back to the pool is likely to have not been in the water for a long time.
Whether it’s your first swim of the year or first swim in several years, you might benefit from a few tips before you dip.
1. Pick the right session
At the pool, there will be different sessions on throughout the day, such as general swim, adult swim or family swim. Which session you choose to attend could have an effect on the pool layout, busy-ness, competency of other pool users and equipment in the water.
If you’re after some exercise, a session that uses lanes is probably the most appropriate, as other pool users will have the same intentions and distractions should be minimal.
Due to COVID spaces for each session may be limited, so ensure to book online ahead of your swim.
2. What to wear
We would encourage you to arrive swim ready to reduce contact points and time in communal areas. ‘Swim ready’ means arriving with your swimwear on under your clothes so you can dive in and get those extra lengths in as soon as your swim session begins.
3. Pick the right pool area
Like we said, the session you choose may have an impact on the pool layout.
If you attend a lane session, pay attention to information about speeds and swimming direction. This will help you to pick the most appropriate lane for you, which should mean that you don’t constantly overtake or hold up others.
If you’re not too confident in deeper water, make sure you swim in an area in which you can stand up or reach the side easily. Make sure to be considerate of other pool users and their needs as you swim.
4. Set goals
Like with any other form of exercise, setting goals for your swim will be beneficial. Start small and slow, perhaps increasing distance swam or time in the pool. Don’t try too much too fast, and remember that 10 lengths of good stroke is better than 20 lengths of struggling.
Try incorporating drills into your swim. Drills are mini exercises that focus on a particular part of the stroke to help you swim faster and more effectively. You can research them and practice on your own, or if you’re really after improvement you can always enquire with pool staff into training and adult swim lessons.
Sounds weird, but although you are swimming in a body of water, you still need to drink actual water throughout your swim. Bring water with you and pop it at the end of the lane to get a drink every couple of lengths.
We can’t wait to have you back at the pool!