Innovative drills build skills
Nov
29
2012


Young swimmers at the Kawana Aquatic Centre are benefiting from the use of underwater technology and advanced training methods.


The equipment consists of an underwater Fuji camera and two GO pros, state-of-the-art technology allowing coaches to pinpoint any areas of improvement during Kawana Aquatic Centre's Drills and Skills program.


With the difference of a podium finish sometimes coming down to a millisecond, Stockland Park Acting General Manager Simon Ball said when it came to success in the pool, every inch counted.


"The technology allows our trainers to pinpoint any areas in a swimmer's technique that needs some adjusting," he said.


"With not much separating first from last these days, it's important that kids get as much training as possible to ensure they are as competitive as possible."


The children have a resource folder to track their training on various aspects of their swimming such as starts, turns, relay changes and underwater work that they can refer to.


They are then filmed above and underwater, deconstructing their own strokes and understanding the importance of the correct technique work required for an efficient swimmer.


Mr Ball said the young swimmers were also greatly benefiting from the mentoring of the centre's high performance squad.


"The high performance team lend their time to the young swimmers to provide assistance with dive techniques and underwater work," he said.


Young swimmers and squad members Isabelle Shipp and Lucy Chapale have utilised the benefits of the unique training regime in making the State Relay Team to be contested on December 15.


Apart from advancing existing skills, Mr Ball encouraged parents to bring their children to the pool to get involved in their learn-to-swim programs.


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Kawana Weekly - Thursday 29 November 2012

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