Those who are looking to enter into swim competitions whether on the high school or college level are going to want to get some sort of private instruction in order to perfect their techniques. There are a number of different services that private instructors offer that can help you on your journey.
Here are just a few of the different services you might want to ask your swimming instructor or coach about.
By utilizing high quality underwater cameras, swim video analysis can help you to perfect any and all of your strokes. While an instructor might be able to see certain things and help you make corrections simply by watching you on top of the water, being able to analyze video from under the water will give them a whole lot more information.
This is something that the best instructors and coaches in the world use, and it almost always presents a great benefit to the student.
The two most important elements regarding your speed while you are swimming are propulsion and drag. Unfortunately, simply watching you swim will not provide enough information to help your coach determine whether or not you’re reaching your optimal speed, and it also won’t tell them what is slowing you down.
By utilizing a Propulsion/Drag meter, they will be able to pinpoint the specific things in your technique that are keeping you from going as fast as possible.
Another excellent piece of swim coaching technology, the velocity meter will analyze video of you swimming and provide graphs that measure your acceleration, velocity, and deceleration during every .04 seconds of your stroke. This is the perfect way to determine what is slowing you down and what is speeding you up in order to perfect your strokes.