Swimming lessons of a different kind…

Oshun Swim provides information about swim strokes and skills to inspire swimmers and help to improve knowledge of swimming for parents, children and recreational adult swimmers.

For children:

  • If your child attends swimming lessons and you want to support their progress, it helps to know what skills they are learning and how to practice them. Your child’s swimming teacher may not have time to explain everything to you during class time, so we aim to explain them within our Free Online Courses to give you the confidence to support your child in between lessons.
  • Sometimes, a child needs to watch a video of a skill in order to understand it better. We aim to provide clear video demonstrations of the main swim strokes and skills so that your child understands what they are supposed to be doing during lessons.
  • We all learn differently, so we think it helps to have real-life experience. We welcome contributions from real swimmers who share their favourite tips, drills and games that worked for them. We love to share inspirational stories from real people who have overcome difficulties and learned to swim in their own unique way.
  • Swimming is more than just laps of the pool and older children who have learned the basics often drop out of swimming lessons if they don’t want to become competitive swimmers. We explore the various ways you can use your swim skills for fitness, fun, to enjoy other water sports or even for a future career.
  • Sometimes we need a bit of motivation. We offer a range of personalised badges and bag tags so that you can reward your child’s individual efforts and personal milestones. Whether it’s recognising your baby’s first swim, your child’s first width of the pool, a distance they swam on holiday, or collecting skills they have achieved, we can create something for everyone.

For adults:

  • Our Free Online Courses help beginners to feel confident about booking swimming lessons or going swimming for the first time. We cover the basics from what to wear and what to bring, what to expect at your first swimming lesson and aim to answer those questions or worries that you might be embarrassed to ask. Learn the theory behind the main strokes and skills so that you feel confident to practice them in class.
  • Our Skill Library contains articles and videos that go in depth on an aspect of a stroke or skill so that you can improve and refine your technique. We believe that everyone is different and there is not “one way” to swim, so we aim to present a variety of options so that you can choose what suits you best.
  • From experience, we know that adult learners worry that they aren’t “getting it”, so we welcome contributions from real swimmers who share their stories and favourite tips. We think it helps to know that you aren’t the only one struggling with different aspects of swimming and to read about how other people overcame those struggles.
  • We explore various ways in which you can use your swim skills, from water sports to fitness and amateur competition, inspiring you to learn about different strokes and skills.
  • Our range of personalised badges and bag tags are great for adults who want to recognise a milestone achievement or favourite swimming memory. Whether it’s a bucket list challenge, triathlon or a favourite place to swim, we can create something for everyone. If you have a social swimming group, why not create some badges or bag tags for your club members?

 

Oshun Swim’s approach to technique:

Staying inspired and motivated…

Swim schools usually follow a curriculum based on a competitive standard of swimming. Sports science research has developed techniques for fast, efficient swimming. However, many swimmers do not necessarily want to swim perfectly. Just being able to swim safely and confidently for enjoyment, leisure and fitness is enough.

There is an enormous drop-out rate in swimming lessons for children aged 9+ who achieved the basics but are put off by the extensive distance and speed required to pass the upper levels of the curriculum. It is hard work and those who do not wish to be competitive swimmers cannot see the point in endless laps of the pool. Some children enjoy the jumping-in activities at the end of class and may be more interested in joining a diving club. Children who enjoy somersaulting and sculling skills may thrive in a synchronised swimming class. Adventurous children may realise they wish to continue swimming lessons for the fitness and skills required for watersports such as rowing or surfing.

Our aim is to inspire swimmers with ideas of how swim skills can be used.

Personalisation…

Swim schools cannot always cater to each personal goal, especially in a group lesson. Many instructors are reluctant to take a “substandard” approach as they have been trained to teach excellent technique. A classic example is breaststroke where swimming with the head out of the water is technically incorrect for competitors but many recreational swimmers prefer to keep their head above water for comfort, or to chat with a friend as they swim. Telling recreational swimmers that it is compulsory to put the face in might put them off enjoying an otherwise very healthy activity. Our aim is to explain a variety of approaches and options so that the learner can understand the pros and cons and make a choice as to the style of swimming that suits their needs.

Options…

Swimmers who found a method or tip that made a real improvement to their learning will encourage everyone else to do exactly the same. They will say it is the best way, or the only way to swim. Some coaches have even branded their own styles of teaching. However, this can add to the mystery around learning and be confusing for people new to the sport. Parents and grandparents can be reluctant to practise swimming with children for fear of teaching them the wrong thing and adult learners can worry too much about doing it wrong, but Oshun Swim recognises that every learner has their own unique needs. From experience, what works perfectly for one swimmer may not always give the same result in another. Much like the breaststroke example of head in the water or out, doing it the wrong way might be just the right way for you!

We aim to show of a variety of techniques to help you decide which methods suit your personal goals.

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