All posts by "Mermaid Ekena"

SYNERGY IN THE LESSON



Today the students were two 8-year old girls. I learned that we created great synergy by my goof-up which positioned both girls at the pool at the same time for the same lesson (instead of one-on-one lessons). We had more…

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FULL EXTENSION



Learned LOTS today because the student was me and the teacher was Total Immersion Swimming Guru, Terry Laughlin.  What a treat!  My focus is to enter the water sooner, hand down and then extend down (in a curve with intention). …

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AGAINST THE FLOW



It seemed like the dreaded request, a mom asks for a lesson for her young daughter who doesn’t put her face in the water. She’s had plenty of lessons but doesn’t really like it, though she likes mermaids.  Couldn’t ignore…

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BEST TRAINING TOOL YET



My focus was on the advanced swimmer when I reviewed my new Speedo Nemesis fins for SwimOutlet.com.  The fins help you find the 2-beat kick and use your whole body correctly.  Even my hand/arm placement improved when doing the crawl…

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MY FIRST SWIM EVENT



My first swim event taught me plenty.  It was the La Jolla Pier to Cove Swim, 1.5 ocean miles, mostly against the current and with seagrass/kelp as the biggest obstacle.  My three most important learnings were:  1) Practice the Start. …

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HANDY WAY TO ADDRESS FEAR



Today my students were 7 and 10 year old siblings.  They both were comfortable in the water and we quickly covered bobbing, treading, stroke basics, the survival float, and even elementary back stroke.  They were getting ready for another summer…

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SWIMVACATION.COM



Swim. Relax. Repeat.  Hours of ocean swimming with others who enjoy hours of ocean swimming while boating around the British Virgin Islands!  Yes, this is the vacation for me.  I signed up without hesitation knowing I was meeting up with…

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BALANCE IS KEY



Today’s students were extra tough, a couple who have been medal winners in the state Senior Olympics for years and strong swimmers for many decades.  On top of that they are my neighbors and dear friends of 20+ years.  What focal…

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FIND THE MELODY



Today’s student, a 63-year old who never learned how to swim, on her third lesson . . . she told me that she knew she “got” the arm stroke when she heard its melody.  Wow.  Look how smoothly she’s moving…

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UNCUP THE HAND



Today’s student, a 48-year old, fit female athlete, shared a great insight.  After explaining to her why it’s unnecessary to cup your hand as you stroke, she said to me, “Even though I don’t know how to swim, I hold onto…

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