H2O SyncSwimming 'Splained
SyncSwimming is really a form of peer coaching. The coach pairs up swimmers of differing stroke length. The swimmer with the lowest stroke count is considered the leader. In general what we want is for the leaders to serve as swimming models and for each of the others (we affectionately refer to them as “lemmings”) to try to mimic the stroke timing and stroke length of their leader for one or more lengths of the pool.
Although a difference of two or three strokes per length is enough for lemmings to benefit from this exercise, we routinely pair lemmings with leaders who have much lower stroke counts.
Following are a few things we’ve found to be important when first trying to make this work:
It will likely take several lengths to establish cooperation/coordination between leader and lemming. In well-executed SyncSwimming, observers will see two swimmers moving along in the pool with no hints to discern leader from lemming.
For much expanded/detailed information see the soon-to-be-posted article,See also the article Leaders and Lemmings by Coach Emmett Hines.
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