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[Zurich]Looking for organizing a swimming group

Hello guys,
I will start soon to swim alone freely at the Oerlikon Schwimmbad. This is not enough as I'd like, in the very near future, to start swimming in a group, possibly with a coach etc.

I used to swim on a Master team back in Rome, 3 years ago, but now I will need quite a few months to catch up again with a proper training session.

I'd like to discover something in Zurich about Master swimming but I guess it will be everything in german language. Not that you make conversations while in the pool, but I'd need at least to understand the basics (2x100 backstroke, 10x100 crawl etc.. how can I understand this from a swiss coach? ;-) )

First of all, is there anybody here that would consider swimming with me at least 3x during the week, in the evening? (not before 7pm)

Like most of the people in the forum I'm busy with work etc but this shouldn't stop me from having at least those training sessions during the week.

When I was in a good fit I was able to swim about 2000mt in about 45min, and about 3km in 1h30min, but now the situation will be totally different (will be out of breath very shortly and will also have to correct some of the many defects of my technique).

About timings, I was able to make 50mt crawl in about 36"....

I'm not a good swimmer, but neither a bad one though.

Anyone here wants to take the chance to start organizing and EF swimming group, even starting from just 2 person?

Please let me know..
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Re: [Zurich]Looking for organizing a swimming group

Hi,

I am very new in the swimming only 3 months back I learn freestyle stoke from my friend & practicing 3 days a week btw 6 to 7 in Halldenbad Orilekon & sometime goes to City Selnue also, As I was also unable to get english speaking trainer so still struggling to learn swimmimg.
If you think i can join you please let me know...I AM A VERY BAD SWIMMER as i learn from my friend who is not a trainer but helps me to learn..& i am also not able to do craw & back stoke only freestyle.
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As I was also unable to get english speaking trainer so still struggling to learn swimmimg...
Sorry to thread-jack, but you can find english swimming teachers in this thread.
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Freestyle isn't a stroke btw

In a freestyle race, you can swim unaided using whatever approach gets you there. It's the only event at which is it almost impossible to be disqualified for stroke, technique in turning, strokes underwater, etc.

Most people will swim Wikipedia reference-linkFront_Crawl in a freestyle race.

What sorts the men out from the boys is 100m butterfly. It's not popular amongst most swimming clubbers!!
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Re: [Zurich]Looking for organizing a swimming group

I'm looking to start my swimming up again.

Used to swim 3-4 times a week when I lived back in the UK and when fully fit can manage about 2000m (80 x 25m) in a hour doing breast stroke but would really like to work on my front crawl which is in need of improvement!

Not swam properly in quite some time and not sure of my current fitness level but would happily commit to swimming a few times a week after 7pm.
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What sorts the men out from the boys is 100m butterfly.
I agree as men who swim butterfly have great abs!!!
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Re: [Zurich]Looking for organizing a swimming group

I have a claim to fame from swimming, by the way - I've been disqualified for going too fast in a gala. Nobody told me that in qualifying for certain graded galas, you could go too fast.

Not the time for a PB, I tell you
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Re: [Zurich]Looking for organizing a swimming group

As for what I want to mean with crawl is obviously front crawl.

RivellaFan: if you have just started I strongly suggest you to stick with beginner swimming lessons. It is much better to learn the basics now that you don't have experience rather than wait and learn to swim by yourself. When you begin, you are at an early stage and you are "in time" to correct and adjust all the movements without too much pain. For someone who used to swim "improperly" for, let's say, a few years, it will be much more painful and difficult to repair the situation compared to a beginner. Anyway, for me it's no problem to swim with you, but we'd have to swim on different lanes, otherwise we might speed down other swimmers.

Jemma: are you a backstroke champion? Jokes apart, is Schwimmbad Oerlikon a good location for you? If yes, do you have problems to start swimming around 19.30? I usually never stop working before 18.30 and it would be impossible for me to be into the water before that time.

Lob, you are not into the group?



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Re: [Zurich]Looking for organizing a swimming group

Fabio, as much as I'd like to, it's just not local enough for me at that time. About 50km not local enough!!
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Jemma: are you a backstroke champion? Jokes apart, is Schwimmbad Oerlikon a good location for you? If yes, do you have problems to start swimming around 19.30? I usually never stop working before 18.30 and it would be impossible for me to be into the water before that time.

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Oerlikon is fine and 19:30 shouldn't be an issue except at month end

I won't be able to commit to anything until after 26th August as will be on my holidays!
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Re: [Zurich]Looking for organizing a swimming group

Had swom for a couple of times at Oerlikon. During weekdays seems pretty crowded, and even in the "Tempo" lanes you get people nearly with no clue how to swim (i.e. it's impossible to train properly). After 8.15/8.20pm the situation gets better (tempo lanes gets occupied by proper swimmers) but you don't get much time afterwards. Around 8.45 they start to modify the lane disposition, then get rid of some of them making a big pool-lane and leaving the few lanes available for some scuba course. Oh-oh, I said 8.45, weren't the pool closing at 9pm? Maybe I don't remember exactly... will check tomorrow.

This was on Tuesday, maybe other days will be different. But I've got the impression that it's possible to swim decently only on lates during the weekdays.

Situation is completely different on Sunday. Yesterday have been there from 4pm to 5.30pm, it's been beautiful. An entire lane for me, have been able to achieve 10x100 front crawl with 30" rest (next step is to reduce rest from 30 to 15"). Then some mixed sessions, ah, I have to buy a tablet to grip on for doing legs, there are no tools available for the free swimmers in the pool.

The pool is pretty clean and well made. I have to admit swimming on a 50mt pool makes the difference, as you don't have the possibility to give you the sprint every 25mt and gain some distance relaxing the muscles, but I think I will get used to these 50mt :-) It also passes quicker to do the 100mt as it's just 2x50.

Now waiting for somebody to join me.



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