1:1 notes

Water polo 6 strokes

Regular head down full stroke


Keep hips flat near water surface

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Stretch hip flexors



Streamline with long extension on catch – touch shoulder on recovery

Soft hand entry

Hand entry in line with width of shoulders


see doctor about medical cert


  • print out channel swimming association registration forms for Tim

Stroke Analysis and Correction

Had a 1 to 1 training session with Tim at St Georges pool today.

We looked at improving my catch and pull.

Tim seems to think the EVF drills I’ve been doing have really improved my pull since our last session. I have a better feel of the water, bending at the elbow,   pulling in down the centre   and ending at the back.

Its still not perfect, but better. He keeps saying “better”. Sometimes he says “Awful”. Thats usually when I’ve reverted back to my old style of swimming :/

Today however we looked at trying to correct the cross over of my hands on entry.

Basically, in order for me to enter at the correct point and not cross over the midline, I need to aim at entering really wide.

When i do this my hand enters at the correct position in front of me, not wide  and not across my body line.

I also need to focus on keeping my head still.

Heres a video clip of my swimming at the end of the session.


“The main objective of swimming the English Channel is not to have a pretty stroke, but to get across!” Tim Denyer

This is just as well, because i do not have a pretty stroke. As a friend pointed out, I’m a splosher.

If I can adopt a more efficient stroke however, for at least part of the swim, then it will contribute to a faster and more enjoyable swim.

The keyword there is *joy*



I had a 1:1 training session with Tim yesterday. 

He says if there is one word I should think about in order to maintain good form during my swim it’s *STREAMLINE*

“Keep it streamline” That’s what he said. 

OK Tim! 

And here are some links he gave me to study which will help me get a better catch and pull:

Check out the drill below and also remember the double arm drill with thumbs touching.

EVF drill (slightly different to how we did it today):


Secret Tip: How to Pull Underwater Drills

This general clip is also pretty good to break down the EVF concept further:

Check out the links below of great Olympic swimmers and focus on their EVF.

Sun Yang – multi angle:

Ian Thorpe – side:

Michael Phelps – multi angle:


Note for Tim

Dear Tim

Just so as you know, I’m a bit dyslexic and my eyesight isn’t as good as it used to be.

If you are going to write messages on a whiteboard for me during my swim, (I saw this on one of the videos you showed me), can you please make sure the letters are really really *BIG* and clear? Otherwise I probably won’t understand and will end up swimming in reverse!

Many thanks

See you on poolside!