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Swimming lessons in Thailand - islands or mainland

Posted by Shoes4 on 7/5/2012 at 10:50

Hi all
I keep thinking about learning to dive, but not sure that I can do the 200m swim requirement. So I wondered if there is somewhere that I could get swimming lessons. I'm happy in the water and can swim a width of a pool but to my own depth only. Quite flexible about where I can learn.

My provisional itinerary for my last two weeks in Thailand for 2 weeks from 14 until 31st May are a visit to an island or two for the first week and then Chiang Mai on 22nd before returning to BKK for my last three days (a day for Wats and Palaces and a day/or two for shopping!)

Recommendations appreciated.
Nimisha

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Posted by goonistik on 8/5/2012 at 00:05

The best program I know of is called "Total Immersion." In the event that a coach is not available in your area, they have training DVDs and books. Unfortunately, there are no TI coaches in Thailand.

Most swimming programs have a "move your legs this way; move your arms this way" approach. What I like about TI is that they start by teaching you how to balance in the water so that it makes it easier for you to glide across the water.

http://www.totalimmersion.net

I am not sure if the "Happy Laps" or the "Perpetual motion freestyle" DVD will be better for you. I think you will need a partner.

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Posted by Shoes4 on 8/5/2012 at 05:27

Thanks 'goonistik'.... DVDs may be hard whilst travelling.

Perhaps this is something I leave until I am back in the UK... do you know if TI have course there? I guess really not related to SEA so I can google otherwise.

N

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Posted by goonistik on 8/5/2012 at 07:15

If DVDs are not convenient for the self-learning route, you can consider buying the books.

Here is the link for teachers/programs in the UK.

http://www.totalimmersion.co.uk/07Coaching_and_Swim_Studios.html

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Posted by tezza on 10/5/2012 at 19:01

I swim for fitness. Thing is, if you can swim the width of a pool you can swim for miles once you develop some endurance.

I'd start by swimming multiple widths with a break between each to catch my breath. Start with maybe 10 of them and gradually build up.
After a week or so, start to try double widths, than triple etc. Pretty soon you will be doing the 200m no worries.

Keep up the training when you reach this point but vary it. I usually start with 800m but at the end I throw in some kickboard stuff and some quick 50 and 25m for variety. Even try a few different strokes. This reduces the boredom which is the main enemy of swim training.

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Posted by goonistik on 10/5/2012 at 20:55

Tezza,

What you are suggesting is correct. The only issue is that some people have such bad stroke mechanics that they "splash about" to do laps. They end up using a lot energy, get all winded out, and they quickly becomes discouraged.

If you look at a pool, very few people glide across the water like this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJpFVvho0o4

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Posted by goonistik on 10/5/2012 at 20:56

Tezza,

What you are suggesting is correct. The only issue is that some people have such bad stroke mechanics that they "splash about" to do laps. They end up using a lot energy, get all winded out, and they quickly becomes discouraged.

If you look at a pool, very few people glide across the water like this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJpFVvho0o4

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Posted by ayesha on 10/5/2012 at 23:34 TF writer

There is actually a swim teacher here on Koh Tao.

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Posted by tezza on 12/5/2012 at 04:39

Makes sense with all those learner-divers about.
Hey, I have worked as a swim teacher - maybe there's a job for me on the islands!

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Posted by Shoes4 on 13/5/2012 at 04:58

Thanks all.

Ayesha - who is the swim teacher at Ko Tao . My problem is exactly as mentioned... I know I can swim but just really don't know how to do it properly so I don't get tired or back ache or whatever.

I've tried to practice a little when have access to a pool.. and kinda of did a 30-40m on my back and probably could have kept going if i could see where I was going and didn't get a little scared. I never even thought I could keep floating / moving on my back as had never allowed myself to try.

Advice on someone to show me technique would be great.

Oh, and also... what is the weather like in Ko Tao at the moment? I leave Singapore and was thinking of flying into Phuket and then making my way across (so travel advice also appreciated) but kinda of uncertain about weather. Will I be better of for sun on the West or Eastern Thai islands?

Thanks

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Posted by ayesha on 13/5/2012 at 08:39 TF writer

The weather here is lovely at the moment - I have sent you a private mail with the swim teachers email address.

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Posted by Shoes4 on 15/5/2012 at 10:53

thanks Ayesha and all...

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Posted by longbeach on 15/5/2012 at 20:07

Diving is dangerous unless you are a strong swimmer and it takes more then a few lessons to be a good swimmer. Try 3 months of regular training. It will take you weeks to get the technique right and longer to develop endurance.

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Posted by Shoes4 on 22/5/2012 at 10:42

Long beach and all...
Nicki the swim teacher didn't get back till after my 3rd day in Ko Tao, so a little late for lessons.

As it went, I managed to do the swim test - 300m with snorkel and flippers rather than 200m without (but still in the deep end of the pool - a big thing for me which i just ignored though with my head under the water). I didn't however manage the 10minute float requirement.

So in the end did the dive experience day...so still got to try diving to 12m or so but didnt have to do the tests and don't have my Open Water card so still have to dive with an instructor. It suited me fine - with no studying and still get to see pretty fish and corals during 2 x 50minute dives, plus extra days lazing on the beach/having massages.

Thanks again for all the responses. I love the travelfish community.

I'm in Chiang Mai now... so happy for suggestions for the 2.5days after my 3 day trek experience with TIC starting tomorrow. Thinking of doing a cookery course on a farm and maybe a thai massage course (but not sure it's wise to think I can learn massage techniques in just 6 hours?) WIll still leave me until almost a full day as have a flight back to BKK booked for 5.3pm on the 28th.

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