Coaches will give instructions mainly in terms of distance (or yardage) and time. Most American pools are 25 yards in length and are known as short course yards pools or SCY. To understand the sets, you'll need to add in multiples of 25.
Like a good play, a good workout develops in three main acts: the warm-up, the main action, and the cool-down. A sufficient warm-up is essential for mature athletes, and a relaxing cool-down will help to fight fatigue and sore muscles.
Not much! The beauty of swimming is that the water provides all the resistance you need to work every part of your body. No machine can match it.
Swimming is great exercise, but practicing with a group can seem mysterious to the uninitiated. Can I just show up? Are other swimmers going to laugh at me? If your questions are even more basic than that, you may first want to review our Let's Get S...
Some swimmers and many triathletes only want to swim freestyle, the fastest stroke. But for anyone inspired by Michael Phelps and other true masters of the pool, there are four techniques to conquer on the road to becoming an all-around swimmer. And ...
Safety always comes first, and swimming's first rule is never to swim alone. Because you will always be swimming with other people, offer them the type of respect you wish to receive. Swim friendly. Also, always follow the directions of lifeguards an...
Goggles are important! But if you don’t put them on correctly, they will leak. Watch our Masters Swimming 101 quick tips on getting and keeping them on.
Here are a few more terms you'll likely hear at swim practice. Some of them seem confusing at first, but once your coach shows you by having you swim a certain way, it will all make sense.
Do you swim with multiple people in your lane? Does everyone know how to circle swim? We hope so, as crashes hurt. Watch our Masters Swimming 101 video so you can learn the law of the lane.
Do you have long hair? Ever struggle getting it into a swim cap? Watch our Masters Swimming 101 expert show you how in a few easy steps.