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Hi Sigma Swim and Stroke Schoolers! We've really come along our beginner journey thus far! Last week, we discussed the importance of roll breathing, and how it can help your beginner learn to swim further and further with good technique. This week, we embark on a side quest to learn the preliminary steps of diving! This can be both a fun and dubious time for swimmers, so it's important to be patient with them as they navigate this new skill. Using the side of the pool as the initial platform,...

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Hello Swim Team and Adult Fitness Swimmers! After an interim week break, we are back with the weekly posts. Just to jog everyone's memory, a few weeks ago, we started our series on the mental side of swimming with mindfulness for two weeks. Since then, we have shifted to visualization, and creating your own success in races within your mind. We conclude our two-week stint on visualization this week with a look at pro comparisons. Although this week doesn't solely highlight visualization on a swimming front, it does perhaps offer...

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Happy August, Adult Lessons Swimmers! After a week break, we are resuming our series on deep water progressions. Hopefully, you've some time to practice some of your deep water skills! Even though the summer is coming to a close, that doesn't mean it isn't helpful to keep your deep water acclimation polished. Here in Texas, it's warm almost 9 months out of the year, and who knows when you'll make that next trip out to your local lake! To recap, two weeks ago, we discussed float transitions and finding a...

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Hi Sigma Swim and Stroke Schoolers! We took a week off to close out the season and now we're back. Although Sigma is on a two-week break this week, that does not mean that we cannot keep learning! Preparation for next season will ensure that we get off to a great start. As a short recap, we have been going through our series on beginner progressions. Last time two week ago, we discussed the early stages of learning freestyle! This is a big step in a swimmer's journey, and we...

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Hello Swim Team and Adult Fitness Swimmers! I hope everyone enjoyed the last couple weeks' focus on mindfulness. This week, we are shifting over to a discussion on visualization. We've gotten the wheels turning on building a "mind palace" in our competitive journeys, and now it's time to move to the next steps. Consider visualization as the next stair step. Think about how many laps you swim in a given practice, how many strokes in a given lap, how many kicks occur off each wall. It is important for us...

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Happy July, Adult Lessons Swimmers! This week we continue to chug along on our journey with deep water progressions. First and foremost, do not forget to commend yourself for just getting in! Being willing to hop in deep water is much an accomplishment in and of itself. Last week, we took a journey underneath the waves and worked on depth comfort with the use of the deep water ladder. This allowed us to measure our learning vertically to accompany the horizontal skills we have learned thus far. Float transitions, this...

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Hi Sigma Swim and Stroke Schoolers! We're now OFF THE WALL in our series for beginning swimmers. We've gone from getting in, to bobbing, to floating, and most recently to pushing off in streamline. As we continue to plug on, we should already begin to see improvements in our swimming proficiency. Now, we've mastered some of the basics involved in getting our feet wet (literally and figuratively). This week's discussion centers around the first "true stroke", freestyle. Sometimes called the "front crawl" in other countries, freestyle is the simplest and...

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Happy July, Adult Lessons Swimmers! Here we are in the midst of our deep water progressions. Last week, after we discussed the basics, we moved onto the deep water float. If you've learned how to do this, you're already a deep water pro! If not, never fear, as letting go and leaving yourself alone with the surface of the water is a humongous (read as: HUMONGOUS) step in deep water comfort. This week, we have the benefit of getting to move back to the wall and explore some new tips...

Sigma Swimming

Hi Sigma Swim and Stroke Schoolers! This week we are continuing our stroke series for beginning swimmers. Last week, we continued our wonderful progress with learning how to float. Gaining the ability to float on your own is a HUGE step in our journey to becoming comfortable and effective swimmers. We've officially come away from the security of the poolside ledge and have moved toward learning how to control our bodies in relation to the water alone. NOW, we get to start having a little fun and trying new aquatic...

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Hello Swim Team and Adult Fitness Swimmers! Last week, we had a little fun discussing the game of SWOLF and its link to better stroke efficiency. This week, we are going to take a trip down the mental side of swimming. Look for this to become a notable percentage of our blog posts going forward, especially as we move toward the inter-season period in August. When you take time away from the pool during this time, there are still ways to improve. The mental portion of swimming is certainly more...