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August 14th, 2008, 10:05 AM

My post is bit descriptive as I am a newbie.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I just started learning swimming at the age of 35. By mistake I took 5 classes on continuous days and bailed out in the last class of embarrassment that I couldn't do what my instructor taught http://new.swimmingforums.com/Smileys/default/sad.gif http://new.swimmingforums.com/Smileys/default/sad.gif

But, I just found later in a day when I went to practise that I am able to backfloat, then started moving my arms, I started moving and started using my legs also. After 3-4 days of practice I am able to Backstroke (both arms synchrnoized), able to finish my laps comfortably with the same style.
Now I am trying to add the conventional backstroke (using alternative arms), I am finding it difficult. I am not able to move in a straight line and water gets into my nose.. legs also sink ..

Is it normal when you are starting this stroke, but I see it improves for 3-4 meters again goes bad, again works for 2 more meters again bad...

Feeling bit down whether it is not for me. My idea is to swim the way I comfortable and then train for front crawl ( I love leisure breast stroke)...

August 14th, 2008, 10:20 AM
Kicking is critical in backstroke to keep you upright and going, so keep working on the kick.
Get a coach for one-on-one, a few lessons at least.
Read the drills in Terry Laughlin's Total Immersion book for getting a better body position in the water for backstroke, which is very important.
Look at some backstroke video demos on YouTube, goswim.tv, swim-city.com.
Good luck!


PS: It takes time! One week is way too little time to judge.

August 14th, 2008, 02:11 PM
Thanks for the suggestion. You are right, one week is too early to guess.
After typing my initial post, I went ahead to the pool to see that I am able backstroke with alternative arms far better than before. I am going to keep on trying.. trying.. trying... no matter even if it takes a month.

Once I am comfortable in some stroke, I will switch to the front crawl training.

August 14th, 2008, 02:21 PM
Try this:

Using everything at my disposal, including coach, book, videos, and a long swimming experience, it took me a month to "learn" the correct body position, motion, and preliminaries of the arm-hand exchange adequately to make the maneuver I was executing look a little bit like backstroke.

The one-on-one coaching was most critical. Best to know what you are aiming for!


August 14th, 2008, 02:39 PM
Thanks again.

Planning one another one-on-one session next month (this time only weekend class so that I get some time to practise).

Hopefully, before the next one on one session, I would've got myself reasonably doing a regular backcrawl.