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Swimming in RT

Discussion in 'Training Methods and Diet Suggestions' started by sako27, Aug 2, 2019.

  1. sako27

    sako27 New Member

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    Looking for some insight into what kind of stuff goes on in swimming lessons whilst in RT, reason being I understand the BST’s are all done in breastroke. Which is fine I would class myself as a decent breastroke swimmer and also ok at hypoxic swimming, but front crawl on the other hand not so good, although am practicing it very regular and hopefully by time that get into RT it won’t be a issue, however like anything it doesn’t seem to come quickly or easily! Basically how much do i need to worry about my front crawl does it hold people back who aren’t so competent at it or are the training team quite good and willing to work with the boys and get them building up there lenghts at front crawl? Cheers
     
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  2. Caversham

    Caversham Former RM Commando, Moderator

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    As far as I'm aware all swimming at CTC is done in breast stroke. Try swimming crawl with FFO and weapon and you'll understand why!

    Alan
     
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  3. Johnny_Anonie

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    All I remember from the few river crossings I had to do on ex is IF you have to actually swim it’s breaststroke.

    Do not try and do front crawl when wearing kit. It will wreck you. A good breast stroke is what you need - slow, strong steady movements.
     
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  4. 03092014

    03092014 Royal Marines Commando

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    You do a lot of swimming in Phase 1, especially in the first few weeks from what I remember. You obviously do a lot of breaststroke because you need this for the BST but you also use front crawl a lot too. The PTIs did spend time working with the weaker swimmers but ideally you don't want to put yourself in that position. It just creates added pressure you don't need at that stage.

    Swimming circuits in training are not like any circuits you've done before....

    Enjoy ;)
     
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  5. sako27

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    Cheers for the reply’s guys! What could a swimming circuit consist of then roughly? I understand they will vary from time to time
     
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  6. Johnny_Anonie

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    Pain ?
     
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  7. Zika65

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    I saw a lad training in our local lido with his full kit on doing lengths of breaststroke - he looked pretty worn out. Hard work swimming fully clothed. Maybe think about getting some private lessons.
     
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  8. 03092014

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    To be honest I can't really remember exactly what they consisted of other than being hard work. Don't worry about the exact breakdown of phys sessions you'll find out for yourself when you get to RT.
     
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  9. Zika65

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    From what I gathered from my Nod; most of the time you'll be swimming fully clothed which is hard - that's why it's important to be a competent swimmer. My son did a lot of swim training before he started RT. One of the first things you have to do - to test your nerves - is to fall backwards, head first of a 3 meter diving board. There's a technique to it, but loads either bottled it mid air and landed as a belly flop and some flipped right over . . . Ouch. ;)
     
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  10. Ninja_Stoker

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    Although we cannot comment on individual performances at PRMC, it would indeed be advisable to hone your skills on the correct swim-stroke as it can otherwise lead to problems.
     
  11. Rob20

    Rob20 Royal Marines Commando

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    The swim sessions are awesome. Genuinely one of my favourite bits of phase 1!

    But... Just to add abit of drama, I had been a lifeguard and done triathlons before joining and I nearly drowned in some of the sessions. It's brilliant ;)
     
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  12. Chelonian

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    Take a squiz at this post about breast stroke technique. Simple but sound advice:

    https://www.royalmarines.uk/threads/swimming.87071/#post-552937
     
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  13. MEfan19

    MEfan19 New Member

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    Wait, a sort of similar test to that thing they kept doing in SAS Who Dares Wins?
     
  14. Chelonian

    Chelonian Moderator

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    It looks harder than it is. Ignore the TV drama. Mind over matter.
    If you think you lack confidence in the water, get along to your local pool, speak with staff and get wet.
     
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  15. TheRents

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    Get some lessons- Swimming is a technical sport - the better you technique, the less energy you expend and the faster and further you will go.
    Our local triathlon club runs a midweek pool session taught by a qualified instructor, to improve technique, see if there is anything near you
    I know that a while ago there was concern at CTC that too many applicants were turning up for PRMC and POC with weak swimming ability
    Don't just turn up and hope to get through on pure will power - very few people choose to drown!
     
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  16. ex killick

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    My sentiments exactly.
     
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  17. Caversham

    Caversham Former RM Commando, Moderator

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    Let's bring it down to basics Jack! :D:D:D

    Alan
     
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  18. ex killick

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    What can I say, I’m an ex sailor.
     
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  19. TheRents

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    I find breast stroke better for covert insertion than front crawlo_O
     
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  20. Chelonian

    Chelonian Moderator

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    A friend tells me that you've reversed the strokes. Surely it's:

    1. Front crawl.
    2. Breast stroke.

    ?:confused: