How to Swim with Purpose: Engaged, Informed and Undettered

Perception is knowing what you do and don’t understand - through any sense. To learn how to swim we focus on those that resonate best with our learning style. And most learners are highly visual.

Unfortunately for swimmers it’s incredibly difficult to have your eyes on yourself or timely instruction during training. And from a biased mind, not to interrupt any performance with noise that destroys a rehearsed rhythm or a possible synesthete.

‘And I see colors when I hear your voice Grab your wings that put gravity on trial I see colors, I don't hear the noise Because we're only flying for a while’ - Andrew McMahon

Augmented Reality (AR) to Engage with Experts

Imagine information when you need it and where you want it most. AR brings relevant information to you in a specific environment that focuses your attention on the details.

When we take swimming videos and place them on hand paddles our mind engages with swimming in a wonderful way that promotes a timely, purposeful message with physical swimming gear. Intrigue creates a connection with the water that coaches can evaluate.

Technology to Share Coaching and Inform Swimming Workouts

Evaluation comes in many forms, but swimming test sets provide a veritable treasure trove of information. And while the nature of swimming through water makes live data transmissions difficult; recorded data from training is incredibly valuable.

Simply inputting performance variables like distance, heart rate, strokes taken, and time can illuminate a swimmers ability to demonstrate form, flow and force.

 

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Quick calculations of ratios and comparisons to Olympic performances, allow coaches to make inferences to evaluate current feel for the water, track progress, suggest workouts, and even predict performance.

Swimming Gear doesn’t Have to be ‘Smart

Yet despite the deluge of data and pervasiveness of swim trackers, don’t get lost in the locker room on your way to the pool. A constant barrage of information turns swimmers off to the message. Be it a coach barking all the time, or a blinking dot demanding attention.

Wearables should be seen not heard. So if your swimming gear, smart or otherwise, doesn’t help you swim faster, better, or increase your enjoyment - take it off. Look, listen and feel how to swim your best. Everyone can, sometimes it just sounds, appears, and behaves differently.

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