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Swimming is a wonderful sport which you can also enjoy to the fullest if you follow your swim level appropriate advice. Enter Swimator Blog.

Let go and enjoy being in the water

The more you play, the more you discover and learn

A great kick is a key to a successful swimming stroke

Some swim gear is good, others not so much. Learn the difference.

Swim butterfly with ease by breaking it down to pieces

Swimming backward is fun, but also teaches you balance

Most Popular Swim Tips

Choosing The Right Goggles For You

Are there differences between swimming goggles which I should consider? What swimming goggles should I use for my first triathlon swim? I get asked these questions and many more over and over from the beginner swimmers I coach. And no wonder, with the plethora of different shapes, types, le...
Choosing The Right Goggles For You

Triathletes - You Are Doing It Wrong - Learn To See Swimming In A Different Light (Drills, Drills, Drills)

Stereotypically, I find triathletes to be very self-motivated athletes always pushing their limits in whatever they do. And rightly so. In order to achieve a competitive level in all the three sports combined, triathletes have to manage their workout regimes very tightly, so they have time to...
Triathletes - You Are Doing It Wrong - Learn To See Swimming In A Different Light (Drills, Drills, Drills)

Getting Water In The Nose While Swimming (How To Plug Your Nose, So You Do Not Choke On Water?) - part 1

The efficient movement of our bodies in the water while swimming, does not come naturally to the majority of our water filled planet's population. Putting our faces in the water and having fun around and in our local pools, lakes, oceans, seas or rivers is, however, as common as your favorite brea...
Getting Water In The Nose While Swimming (How To Plug Your Nose, So You Do Not Choke On Water?) - part 1

Top 7 Swimming Gift Ideas This Christmas (Gifts From Swimmers For Swimmers)

If you are still on a hunt for the one perfect Christmas swimming gift for your loved ones or even for yourself, don't look any further. Let me highlight a few swim items which I think would make a perfect gift for a swimmer. Firstly, I apologize to those swimmers who do not celebrate Christmas,...
Top 7 Swimming Gift Ideas This Christmas (Gifts From Swimmers For Swimmers)

Do Not Let Your Computer Take Over Your Body Posture - Go For a Swim!

Nowadays, computer skills are almost as common in everyday work life as lunch breaks. However, with this advancement in technology and skill, come also negative side effects in the face of very bad habits, especially when it comes to our body posture. I know I am guilty of it. Even right now...
Do Not Let Your Computer Take Over Your Body Posture - Go For a Swim!

Why Is Swimming Butterfly So Scary? (Top 4 Most Common Butterfly Mistakes)

Many beginners and even advanced swimmers dread the words "butterfly". When swimmers come to practice and see the butterfly stroke written on the board or the practice sheet, the mood suddenly goes from wonderful life enjoyment to a sad end of the world like expressions. As a coach, I can ju...
Why Is Swimming Butterfly So Scary? (Top 4 Most Common Butterfly Mistakes)

New Breaststroke Rule Adopted by FINA

Some of you already might have heard that FINA has updated their breaststroke rule to accommodate an underwater dolphin kick during the pullout phase after the initial start or a turn. The rule marked as SW 7.4 clearly states "A single downward dolphin kick followed by a breaststroke kick is perm...
New Breaststroke Rule Adopted by FINA

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Track Start? (Top Tips On Improving Your Track Start)

When it comes to learning your swimming start, there needs to be room for experimentation. Without trying new things, you will never improve. With that in mind, let’s examine some key aspects of the track start. As I discussed in the grab vs. track start post before, the track start is bec...
How To Get The Most Out Of Your Track Start? (Top Tips On Improving Your Track Start)

Best Swimming Tips of 2011

After a short break, I am back with some highlights from the Swimator Blog archives for 2011. What swimming tips did you find the most interesting in 2011? That is the question. Below is a short list of the top 10 Swimator Blog swimming tips: 1) As traditionally, our novice and beginner swi...
Best Swimming Tips of 2011

Newest Swimming Advice

Last Minute Gift Ideas For Swimmers And Triathletes

With the busy schedule we all have, I often find myself not having much time to do an extensive research online to buy a thoughtful present, so I look for pre-compiled lists to give me an idea of what to give to the person in question. I know, I know, no excuses. I should do better, but procrasti...
Last Minute Gift Ideas For Swimmers And Triathletes

Xmetrics: A New Swimming Wearable Which Will Make You Swim Faster

"All you have to do is swim." That is a promising bold claim made by a technology company with a new swimming wearable gadget soon to be released to the swimming and triathlon communities. This new swimming computer goes under the name of Xmetrics and with its sleek design and a long list of fea...
Xmetrics: A New Swimming Wearable Which Will Make You Swim Faster

How To Become A Swimming Superhero - The Corsuit Review

It is a well-known fact that every superhero has to have a special suit, a cape or a mask to be taken seriously. Right? At the same time, he or she has to have a certain set of extraordinary skills that often are enhanced by their attire. Think Batman and his winged cape or his belt which never...
How To Become A Swimming Superhero - The Corsuit Review

11 Ways To Enjoy Swimming In A Crowded Lane

It is one of those days. The swimming lane I am about to plunge into is overcrowded and even though it is marked with the clearly distinctive letters "FAST SWIMMERS", the lane is plagued with leisurely swimming head up breaststrokers and wannabe swimmers standing by the wall and discussing the lat...
11 Ways To Enjoy Swimming In A Crowded Lane

A Surprising Result Of Swimming Flaws Analysis

One of the basic skills of any beginner student of any activity is the ability to recognize if something is not done the right way. Be it the ability to notice spelling mistakes in written texts (I am sure there many in my posts :)), the know-how to acknowledge that a ski jumper’s form during the...
A Surprising Result Of Swimming Flaws Analysis

8 Ways To Use Your Hand Paddles

Hand paddles are commonly used in swimming pools around the world. In fact, you hardly ever see a pool deck or the infamous Lost and Found basket (yes, they do exist) without a pair of them laying around. They are either loved or hated. The main rudimentary idea behind the original hand padd...
8 Ways To Use Your Hand Paddles

Aquaviz Review: The Swiss Army Knife Among Swimming Prescription Masks

Final rating: 5/5 I’ve grown up as a full-blown chlorinated pool swimmer with lifelong search for the perfect fitting goggles. I swear, I must have tried like 50 different types and always found them inadequate. Either they leaked or the suction was too much on the eyes until I found the...
Aquaviz Review: The Swiss Army Knife Among Swimming Prescription Masks

Warm Down Your Way To Recovery

Last time I talked about learning to swim slow to improve your swim technique, but how about swimming slow during warm down for recovery (also referred to as cool down). When I compose swim workouts where we swim faster sets which is almost all the time, there is a choice to add a lot of rest...
Warm Down Your Way To Recovery

How To Swim Slower And Improve Your Freestyle

Many of us are caught up in our fast-paced society often forgetting to just stop and think. This causes us to do things over and over without realizing that there might be a smarter way to help us go forward. As a swim coach or a swimmer, you should always be trying to adjust your ways and exp...
How To Swim Slower And Improve Your Freestyle

Swimming Gear Reviews

Antipaddle Review: Are We Born With Feeling For Water Or Is It Learned? (Gain Better Catch In Just A Few Workouts)

Final rating: 4.75/5 If you have taken a few swim lessons or you have been around swimming for a while, you have probably heard the term "feeling for water". Many swimmers and instructors put emphasis on gaining feeling for water, but when it comes to explaining what it is and how it feels...
Antipaddle Review: Are We Born With Feeling For Water Or Is It Learned? (Gain Better Catch In Just A Few Workouts)

Want To Swim Smooth? Check Out Mr. Smooth - The Perfect Swimming Mentor

Have you ever thought to yourself I can't seem to grasp the way my arm should move under water when I swim how should my legs move when I swim freestyle I wish there was a way to see someone swim slow motion I'd like to see how it looks from a different angle in order to understand. W...
Want To Swim Smooth? Check Out Mr. Smooth - The Perfect Swimming Mentor

Palm Paddle Review - The World's Smallest Hand Paddle

This post is long overdue, but finally, I kicked myself to introduce you to the wonderful world of the Palm Paddle. I am not kidding when I say it is the world's smallest hand paddle. At first sight, the paddles are so tiny and cute that you just want to cuddle them in your palm :). Do not...
Palm Paddle Review - The World's Smallest Hand Paddle

TechPaddle Review: Forearm Braces For Better Propulsion (Early Vertical Forearm Trainer)

Final rating: 4.5/5   Getting more propulsion during a swim is a huge problem for many swimmers and even more advanced individuals shouldn't stop exploring their stroke for potential improvement in propulsion. You should never stop improving your stroke, no matter how good a swimmer you are. ...
TechPaddle Review: Forearm Braces For Better Propulsion (Early Vertical Forearm Trainer)

Aquaviz Review: The Swiss Army Knife Among Swimming Prescription Masks

Final rating: 5/5 I’ve grown up as a full-blown chlorinated pool swimmer with lifelong search for the perfect fitting goggles. I swear, I must have tried like 50 different types and always found them inadequate. Either they leaked or the suction was too much on the eyes until I found the...
Aquaviz Review: The Swiss Army Knife Among Swimming Prescription Masks

Swim Products That Will Make You A Better Swimmer

Today, I have three pieces of swim equipment that I promise will help you improve your technique. You can achieve the elusive smooth stroke we all long for, however, sometimes you just need a little bit of help along the way. I find these swim products quite helpful, so wanted to share them wit...
Swim Products That Will Make You A Better Swimmer

Safer Swimmer Float In-Depth Review: Swimming safe without hindering your performance

Final rating: 5/5 The sport of swimming has seen many innovations over the last few years, some of which we have covered here on the Swimator Blog. (new full-body suits, technique improvement related swimming equipment or new insights on how to swim faster). However, one aspect of swim...
Safer Swimmer Float In-Depth Review: Swimming safe without hindering your performance

Wetronome - The Metronome For Swimmers

I have had a few swimmers comment on this blog about their stroke and the rhythm and as it happens I was able to get my hands on a new product called the  Wetronome. This little and simple device can help you with the rhythm, timing and the rate of your swimming stroke. As the name suggests,...
Wetronome - The Metronome For Swimmers