Teaching swimming according to the dimensions of a swimming pool

Have you ever thought that the way a swimming teacher teaches swimming will depend on the dimensions of a swimming pool?

I feel sure a lot of swimming teachers share the same opinion – shallow pool is the only option to teach brand new swimmers. There are many who are lucky enough to work in such a pool, but what about those swimming teachers for whom the only option is a deep pool? Those swimming teachers might work for a company which has a swimming pool without a shallow end in it, but  they are still under pressure from management to have a successful Aquatic programme. In this case it boils down to the teacher’s adaptability and application of skills and definitely, the swimming program will be different depending on the dimensions of the pool.


As human beings, we are used to having the direct contact with the ground, that’s why most swimming teachers want their students to have it when they start teaching how to swim. On the other hand, the end result of the teaching is peculiar arm movements done by swimmers in order not only to swim but also to stay afloat when their feet cannot touch any solid surface to stand. And that’s what a swimming teacher will strive for working in deep water.


There are four main swimming strokes and in three of them the arms have a significant role in propulsion. The exception is breaststroke where the kick is more powerful than the arm pull. In synchronized swimming athletes use their arms to perform incredible movements and shapes in the water. When we watch these competitions, it is impossible to take our eyes off the show. Everything I have mentioned above reveals that when a swimmer has learnt how to use the arms properly under water they no longer feel there should be something solid to put their feet on to feel safe and secure.


Learning how to use the arms properly while in water can be added to existing tips on how to work with people with the fear of being in water.

I have already written in my previous posts about the importance of breathing and especially rhythm of breathing in swimming. I would like to highlight here that the correct breathing rhythm facilitates an important alternation of releasing energy followed by relaxation. This combined with the coordination of the movements actually saves energy and enables the continuation of the activity. That’s why in both, teaching swimming in deep water and teaching swimming to those who have the fear of being in water, obtaining the habit of breathing rhythm and arm movements coordination is what can contribute to efficient teaching of how to swim in deep water and to overcome the fear.


Can you please share your opinion and say whether you think everything you have read here is feasible to put into practice?


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  1. Tony MacGuinness

    June 26, 2019 — 2:40 pm

    Spot on.

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