Ocean Swim Tips

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Staying in Control

Taking your relaxed, practiced training swim composure into race day doesn't always go to plan.  There are a few tips that can help you manage these speedhumps.  Andrew from Boost Coaching and blueseventy ambassador shares a few ideas..so if you can practice race day situations, prepare well and ultimately deal with those moments when you just need some calm to get back into the race.

Drafting

Just like in the peloton - effective drafting can save you energy and give you free speed.  A great skill to practice in training, there are some simple ways of making the most of the good swimmers around you (and avoid others taking advantage of you).  Feet, hips, sighting - all important components.

Sighting & Navigation 

The quickest way around a course is directly between the marker buoys (unless the tide is giving you a hand).  Knowing when and how to look up without disrupting your flow, what to look for and how to target the markers can make the difference in your swim distance (and overall result).  Andrew shares tips from impersonating an alligator to effective scanning.

Rounding a Buoy

The quickest way around a course is directly between the marker buoys (unless the tide is giving you a hand).  Knowing when and how to look up without disrupting your flow, what to look for and how to target the markers can make the difference in your swim distance (and overall result).  Andrew shares tips from impersonating an alligator to effective scanning.

Effective Starts

Start fast and finish fast without dragging your legs through the water (and get the jump on others around you).  Effective technique lifting your legs over the water can make a difference - practice it in training and see for yourself.

Dolphin Dives

Getting into and out of the ocean efficiently can make the marginal gain in beating your competition.  That crossover between running and swimming is best achieved with a few well executed dolphin dives - making the most of the explosive forward momentum.  In this clip, Andrew shares some technique tips to power through the water safely and effectively.

Deep water Starts

Sometimes the startline will be off the beach, hanging around treading water.  Getting a good warm up and being in the right position to kick off into the draft can ensure you are in the position that suits your race plan. Find out why your swim coach continues to get you doing those strong efforts in training and how they pay off and how to maximise your start speed.

Shallow Water Running

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Catching Waves

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