As a member of the Northern Wave Swimming Club I really wanted to improve my dives and tumble turns to help me shave off vital seconds in competitive swims hosted by the ASA.
The workshops provided by Northern Wave have certainly helped me do this. As a novice to tumble turns the first workshop was held in September this focused on breaking down the turn into its component parts, the use of a noodle in the water really helped! Once we had all mastered how to do a somersault in the water, we then had to approach the wall, this helped to gain confidence and know when to turn and push off from the wall.
The second workshop was held a few weeks later in October. This meant we had time to implement the techniques that the coach had provided us with in our local pools. It is fair to say that it does take a while to perfect the perfect tumble turn, however, once the body muscles know what their supposed to do and the mind overcomes the fear of hitting the wall it all works out! The workshops also focused on another critical area for swimmers – the dive.
As someone who cannot really dive this was a massive challenge, the coaches have been great and supportive. Again breaking down the dive into its component parts has helped with understanding what to do and when. It is going to take more practice, however the coaches at Northern Wave have a very supportive and understanding approach to both these areas.
I would encourage anyone to come along to the workshops and go from zero to hero with dives and turns or simply improve their current techniques