Is it possible to learn to swim while driving or doing housework? In some ways, YES! Recently, I listened to some podcast episodes by beginning swimmers. Topics include overcoming fear, hesitation and confusion. They also include a few stroke technique tips for beginners. Enjoy!
Cal Wilson on learning to swim for her son
(Totally new swimmer, humorous, 6 minutes) Touching, hilarious, and insightful story by a comedienne who learned to swim at age 43 for love of her son.
Effortless Swimming Podcast #82
(Somewhat new swimmer, humorous) A plate of cookies "tricked" her into getting a gym membership, and she ended up becoming a very good swimmer.
Candy Palmater interview with Sea Hiker Instructor, Peter Scott
(12 minutes) Peter talks about what it's like to learn to swim as an adult, and how he teaches. This is similar to the US Masters Swimming Adult Learn to Swim method that I teach.
St. Louis Dispatch episode
(Totally new swimmer, 13 minutes) Interview with Dispatch fashion editor who recently learned to swim shares her experience learning to swim in a swimming class for adults. This is different from how I teach, but a neat story.
British journalist David Spencer, Taking the Plunge
(Totally new swimmer, 25 minutes) Just the smell of chlorine made him nervous. This professionally-done podcast includes audio from his first lessons. He also interviews a number of other new swimmers.
Two of my kids had the privilege of being trained by Olympic swimmers Dana Vollmer and Jason Lezak last weekend at the Olympic trials pool in West Fargo, North Dakota (yes, the pool that was used for the Olympic trials in Omaha is now in West Fargo - the Hulbert Aquatic Center!). It was a Breakout Swim Clinic sponsored by Mutual of Omaha.
I caught the last 90 minutes of training, which was the bulk of the time they spent in the pool. Apparently, the first two hours were consumed with photo ops and autographs. My kids actually got to wear Vollmer and Lezak's medals for their photo ops!
But let's get on to the tips . . .