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New Format

If you are a self-taught swimmer, have watched other swimmers and tried to copy them, or a mate has given you a few tips to help you improve your freestyle but ended up more confused than ever, then this might be the course for you.

The Back to Basics course is a 10 week course aimed to first slow you down so you can check and correct the fundamental skills of your freestyle stroke. The course will also provide you with more information about movement patterns in the water, so you can identify and correct yourself during your own swim training. With more understanding about how you move your body through the water, you will be able to pinpoint and eliminate problems during training and feel more relaxed during race situations.

And in this new format, we will be using video analysis to help identify areas of your stroke that need improvement. Learn how to make the most of every stroke so you gain speed without wasting energy.

When & where:        Wednesday 7.30-8.30pm at Craigie Leisure Centre (25m pool).

Cost:                             $150 for 10 session. Participant numbers are limited to 8 to ensure individual attention.

Start date:                   Wednesday 16th October 2013

Last session:             Wed 18th December 2013

Participants will need to bring along fins for each session.

  • Course includes notes, video analysis of your stroke and sample training sessions.


Aim of session


Stretching for swimming, video session


Intro to basic freestyle kick and body position


Breathing position and timing + Introduction of arm movement

5 – 6

Basic freestyle drills – sculling patterns, single arm, catch, scratch, 6-3-6 etc.

7 – 8

Distance per stroke – technique under pressure and open water skills

9 – 10

Squad training – introduction to various types of interval training

If you are interested in attending the course or require further information please contact Clare Whitehead via email