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Swimming for Old Beginners

I have never really gotten past my amateur swimming abilities. I would like to be able to swim greater distances, tread water in strong currents, and eventually be able to have the courage to learn how to surf. I don't even know where to look into taking a swimming course.

I can swim, but not too far with out getting winded. Any suggested techniques or know where I can take a course?
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Old 28.03.2012, 21:17
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Re: Swimming for Old Beginners

He's lying. He's young
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Stop it! You will stop at nothing to stop me from getting served at the bar!
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Re: Swimming for Old Beginners

Calling i-b-deborah.

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Old 28.03.2012, 21:40
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Any suggested techniques?
1. swim only in very shallow water

2. stop smoking

3. keep head out of water

4. breathe normally

5. borrow I-B-D's water wings
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Old 28.03.2012, 21:48
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1. swim only in very shallow water

2. stop smoking

3. keep head out of water

4. breathe normally
I don't smoke...I can't breathe normally...what else?
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Old 28.03.2012, 22:02
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Re: Swimming for Old Beginners

Oh, I'd be interested in this. I can swim and tread water and all that, but not with any great efficiency or form. The Zurich Altstetten pool (and I'm sure others, but I haven't looked) offers swimming lessons for adults that look like they can be tailored (language and skill level). http://www.bad-altstetten.ch/
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5. borrow I-B-D's water wings
He's young but quite big ... might need two pairs of water wings ...
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Re: Swimming for Old Beginners

I did a good course at the city hallenbad, if it's too easy they should bump you up to the right level. I also learned as an adult after a sports accident, it took me a long time to get to a good level, although maybe after a you can get confident enough in the water after a year (ie not having stuff go up your nose) to go surfing etc. Bungertwies is a nice quiet place to train.

http://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/content/...s/adresse.html
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He's young but quite big ... might need two pairs of water wings ...
Can you atleast clarify tall and not overweight?
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Can you atleast clarify tall and not overweight?
Clarification: definitely not overweight (except when has been shopping in France) just very very very tall

(I'm not even 5 foot so most people are quite tall to me ..)
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Clarification: definitely not overweight (except when has been shopping in France) just very very very tall

(I'm not even 5 foot so most people are quite tall to me ..)
Hmm from your profile pic you look no taller than 2.5ft!
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Old 28.03.2012, 22:57
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Hmm from your profile pic you look no taller than 2.5ft!
Both of us are taller
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I can swim, but not too far with out getting winded.
For crawl there are two words: Coca-cola bottle

Aka stick your arm in at the top than follow the shape of the coca cola bottle, a bit outward, then inward, push hard there, then outward again, and inward again and push hard and then let it surface again. And then next stroke with the other hand, rinse, repeat, and do that a lot.....

If you get winded a lot, you just need to do more cardio workouts in the gym or keep swimming and swimming till you never give up.
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Re: Swimming for Old Beginners

Wait, what?

I've been giving some lessons to some of the ef'ers, and none of them has drowned...... yet.
I can send you some links, if you want, to show you a nice breathing and strike technique.

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Aka stick your arm in at the top than follow the shape of the coca cola bottle, a bit outward, then inward, push hard there, then outward again, and inward again and push hard and then let it surface again. And then next stroke with the other hand, rinse, repeat, and do that a lot.....

If you get winded a lot, you just need to do more cardio workouts in the gym or keep swimming and swimming till you never give up.
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Re: Swimming for Old Beginners

The first thing to really master when learning to swimm is to be able to float. This website is quite good and learns you lots of techniques. It has texts in german and english as well as videos and pictures. http://www.svl.ch/svlimmat_ratind.html#schwimmen
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Old 29.03.2012, 10:48
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Wait, what?

I've been giving some lessons to some of the ef'ers, and none of them has drowned...... yet.
I can send you some links, if you want, to show you a nice breathing and strike technique.
Can you post the links on here?

The problem with my swimming is the breathing (and everything else)
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