Swimmer Problems

Swimmer problems, run by 2 swimmers

#166

Cold bleachers you had to wait on

Anonymous asked: Thanks that really helped me not worry as much and any tips you may give me like swimming techniques or which swimming cap/googles do you prefer or any swim team future expectation

Swimming techniques will come with time honestly. The way I do freestyle might be slightly different on how you do freestyle if that makes sense. It wouldn’t be that much different but everyone has their own tweaks, like running form. Googles I usually went with Speedo and cap I just used my high school one for everything :) but a random one should be fine.

-Shawn

Anonymous asked: hi :) I was wondering how much do you know how to swim in order to get into a team cause I always loved swimming but not enough to go as a sport team kind of thing and I haven't swam in a long time but I know freestyle, butterfly, and backstroke pretty well and for speed i'm average. And another question is their any 'chubby' on a team cause I am and I just would like to know I won't be the one that is known to be the biggest in the team

Actually I walked on to my high school team. I didn’t know breaststroke or butterfly at all to begin with honestly. I loved to swim and everything so I just went for it and ended up being really good! So you don’t need to know much because if you are a new comer, the coach will help you a whole whole lot! Also don’t worry about being the biggest on the team, that shouldn’t matter all that much :) if you need anything else just ask

-Shawn

Anonymous asked: Hey im writing this so the panic attack anon can hopefully see it. I also get panic attacks, but for me, being underwater is the #1 thing that helps me the most. I feel so relaxed, I get a sensation of like, I know my body, I feel like one. And I could swim forever and ever. I'm the happiest when I can take a very deep breath, and go all the way to the bottom of the sea where it's quite a few meters deep. Anyways, best of luck to that other anon =)

Anon! You have help!

Do not swim on the yellow dot. (Lake Ontario gem here)

Do not swim on the yellow dot. (Lake Ontario gem here)

Anonymous asked: Hey I'm new at swimming what is the best swim brand? I have speedo goggles and they suck..

If you got the Speedo goggles that are under $20 they will not be good. In the world of swimming it is hard to find something of good quality for a low price. I have always used Speedo goggles and they have been great for me. I get the $20 ones though because they last long and they would always stay on for the starts. Naturally over the years I had collected the less expensive goggles that I used for practice or as back up goggles for my back ups. For goggles I would be willing to put down a bit more money just because they are built to last (unlike most of the other things we have to buy for this sport). 
Do any of our followers have any advice?
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Mari

Anonymous asked: Hey! I never swam in my life but I started a week ago and I improved A LOT but I feel like I am going to get a panic attack every time I'm under the water (i have panic attacks often) is there any advice you can give me?

The best thing you can do is to remain calm, and I know it isn’t that easy to do when your adrenaline is pumping and you’re underwater. Because let’s face it, swimmers aren’t natural. We dive willingly into water which usually drowns things. I used to use counting as a way to calm myself down before the starts because I would get really stressed out and anxious. I never had a panic attack though so I can’t fully grasp what it must be like for you. If you can I would talk to your doctor (psych) if you see one because they may know some tricks of the trade when it comes to panic attacks. 
My advice is to keep calm and not linger on the thought of being under water.
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Mari

Anonymous asked: Hey I'm that anon that wants to join the swim team. I can swim up to 4 meter deep pools. I learned free and mastered back and butterfly in a couple of weeks. My coach did recommend me for a tournament once but I guess I'm too scared? I've never done competitive sports before and I've always loved water, as much as I feared it. I'm going to try my best at joining this year. Your blog sorta motivated me so thanku dears!

Aw that is so sweet! If you put your mind to it you can really do anything you want! And it only takes willpower and dedication, which you obviously have :) Go for it!
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Mari

Anonymous asked: I need some advice please :c I've always been scared of deep waters- I've drowned a couple times as a kid. I learned how to swim recently, I'm 18,my instructor was very happy with my progress (moved me up from beginner to intermediate the 2nd class). The thing is I want to try out for the swim team but everytime I go into deep waters I start getting a panic attack. My friends keep tellin me I'm just a beginner n that I shouldn't go for it. I really want to but I'm scared I'm not good enough

Your friends may be looking out for your best interest since you still fear deep water. How deep is the water before you get your panic attack? If you are comfortable swimming in 13ft of water then you should be alright with going out for the swim team. Just keep improving and working on your fears and strokes. The one way I get over my fears is by going to extremes, which I really don’t recommend at all since it can seriously backfire. With your history of water and drowning I would hang back a bit and take baby steps eventually working up to the swim team. Don’t run into something that you/re afraid of it would only heighten your fears.
Keep swimming and keep making progress on overcoming your fears :) you’ll do great!
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Mari