Hi Claudia! Here are my notes from the pool deck for our session on March 29, and the videos from then and April 12. I’ve added in some additional notes now that I’ve seen both videos.
– Nice long reach out in front of the body
– Hands are “crossing the line” as they enter the water, which means they’re crossing the centre line of the body. If you get the hands entering the water outside of that centre line you’ll be able to rotate and pull much more efficiently.
– Knees are bent a little bit too much which drops them down too low in the water, and that sets of a chain reaction. Because your knees are bent too much and too low, your feet and hips are too low, and that’s causing your shoulders to pop too high out of the water.
– Feet are creating a little bit too much splash. If you focus on straightening out the knees a little bit that should quiet down the feet and help level out the body position.
– Fingertips could open a bit more at the catch to grab more water.
– Funny little bend with the elbows is causing you to lose a lot of water as you start to pull back from the catch.
– Can really see with the new underwater footage that your knees, feet and hips are too low. Keep working on that kicking!
– Your left hand pulls through the water much better than your right; you can see that you have a little “wiggle” with your right hand as you pull back, which means you’re losing water with each pull. As you learn to swim “wider” (by not crossing the line) this will help get rid of that wiggle.
Video from March 29:
Video from April 12:
Here are some drills that would be good for you:
Torpedo Kick (to get the knees higher)
Kick off the wall with both feet with you hands outstretched. Kick kick kick hard with small, tight kicks from the hips (not knees). Kick till exhaustion then easy regular swim to the wall. We’ve done this drill a lot in practice but keep at it!
Heads Up Drill (to address crossing the line)
To improve where and how your hands enter the water, swim with your head above the water so you can see how and where your hands enter. Swim wide with thumbs and fingers entering together and in-line. Try to have your hands enter the water right between your ear and shoulder. Make sure you don’t enter the water thumbs-first.
Exaggerated Reach Drill (to catch more water)
Swimming with one arm only while the other stays outstretched in front of you, focus on reaching your swimming hand as far ahead of your stationary hand as possible. Try to reach out in front of you as far as possible before starting to pull back.
This will also help you learn to swim wider and “outside the line”. With your elbows and shoulders all aligned at shoulder level, move your hands, fingertips down, in small, quick circular or figure-eight movements. These small littles circles will propel you forward. Do one length of the pool, swim the next length and feel the benefit of the drill, then repeat. Ideally done with a snorkel.
Great swimming today. Feel free to pull me aside at any time on the pool deck to talk specifically about your swim stroke.