View Full Version : New to non-recreational swimming; What do I need to know?

July 21st, 2014, 12:48 AM
Hello! Hopefully this is the right place to ask this. Obviously most of you are experienced and it's possible that newbies like myself aren't welcome but I haven't gotten that impression... Feel free to correct me. Anyway, I'm a young guy who's looking into joining my town's swim team. I've always had a lot of fun swimming in my free time when the opportunity arises, but only now have I considered doing something more. Before I sign up I feel that it's necessary for me to grasp at least a basic understanding of the fundamentals of competitive swimming. If anyone has some advice on where I should begin research then it would be greatly appreciated if you could share. Thanks much!

PS- I'm 6'9" with most of my height in my legs and am curious what style these genetics could benefit most.

July 21st, 2014, 10:00 AM
Thankfully, USMS provides a series of articles at this link >> Masters Swimming 101 (http://www.usms.org/articles/articlesearch.php?series=1).

A good place to start!

July 21st, 2014, 02:17 PM
Welcome here. Ask away. Would the local Masters team have a "pre team" We do on our team. It is for what you are asking. A start into comp. swimming in a more off race pace arena. They would go thru all the rules & strokes with newbies. Ask around. Some team members might take you in for free coaching. Good luck & have fun!