When I arrived for a swim evaluation with a great coach I met at XSport a while back named Whitney, she was waste deep in the pool helping little dunkers get their face wet. The moms were sitting around in their mom poses watching their darlings learn to feel safe in the water.
Perhaps you have memories of similar situations. Learning to swim is a big event in the lives of most people.
So is learning to swim all over again. For the last year the struggle to develop a better stroke and endurance to use it has taken quite a few sessions at the pool. For a few weeks I worked with Whitney before the St. Charles XSport dumped her swim classes because they were only attracting six or eight people each week. Forget the fact that the little XSport pool could not handle much more than that at a time. The numbers drove her out of there.
But I remembered how she taught, and got back in touch with her to help me move to the phase of my swimming. Using her original advice, and building on it through things I’ve collected through associates, my endurance and technique have genuinely improved.
She gave me directions on hand and elbow angle going into and under the water. Then she noticed me doing this ‘hand flick’ thing back by my butt and pulled me aside and said, “I don’t know if I can fix this, but…” and told me to stop doing that. So I did. I knew I was doing it. Not hard to quit.
Then I asked about my kick. She tossed me a board and I warned her that I usually go nowhere. Or used to anyway. I’ve been working on my kick a lot on my own. And lo and behold, there I went down the pool with my legs working like they should. But I do scissor when tired, so there was that.
We’ll see how that goes and return to the evaluation in three weeks. This is exciting. New. Hard. And fun. All at the same time. You should do it too, if you’re not already.
Swim. Right over the tarsnakes.