Synergy Swimming:  What we teach Faster Swimming

It's simple. We want swimmers to understand what they are doing when they swim. Our students make progress as they learn not only to minimize drag but also to maximize power.  We teach our students to become aware of their body's position and balance in the water, and how the force of their stroke affects either propulsion or drag. In short, we help students understand the physics and bio-mechanics of swimming so they can swim faster naturally. Faster swimming.

Our students become aware of the single organizing principle of effective swimming: pulling oneself forward through water efficiently. They learn to engage the highest surface area of their arms with the greatest force, while disturbing the smallest amount of water with their body. Our goal is not fast swimming per se, but swimming that is faster and less tiring through efficiency.  We want others to get out of swimming what we have gotten: Lot's of fun! Faster  swimming freestyle fly backstroke breast stroke crawl

Synergy Swimming:  How we are different faster swimming

Sure we act goofy but don't let our teaching style distract you from our message of intelligent swimming. Just as there are many ways to make and enjoy coffee, there are many ways to move our bodies through the water. But that doesn't mean that all coffee, or all swimming, is the same. Faster swimming

We are not competitive swimmers and do not hold impressive swimming records. Nor are we world class athletes. We do have many years of coaching experience at the high school level, but we are not primarily focused on competition. We have spent years developing an applied scientific, yet intuitive approach to swimming. We want to share the pleasure we get from being in the water and feeling improvement. We have a  logical, problem-solving mind set, but are not judgmental or competitive about our techniques. 

Whether we go fast or slow, it gives great pleasure to feel the body moving efficiently and smoothly through the water. But an effective stroke doesn't happen automatically. The body must learn a new set of intuitions about how to move. It's difficult to do that just through imitation.  Our students focus on understanding the mechanics of efficient swimming so that can learn "from the inside". Our tips and drills are designed to help swimmers achieve an "Ah hah!" moment in the pool as their body catches on and they become aware of the sensation of efficiency