Importance of stroke correction


Humans aren’t built for swimming.
We can’t breathe at anytime we want to and there’s nothing firm to hold on to.
This leads to the “fight/flight” part of our brain sending out danger signals when we get into water. Brain surgeons from St Vincent’s Sydney at one of my Clinics told me it’s in the amygdala part of our brain. It’s involuntary and very powerful because it’s function is nothing short of survival of the human race [or the lions, elephants, dogs race for that matter.
I surprise people by stating than the sport most comparable to swimming is snow skiing!
Why? Well, you have limited goggle vision, cold and above all, anxiety! Grant doesn’t want to get a drop of water down his throat from a swimmer he’s overtaken in a 1500. It’s not fun to cough when you’re buggered!
So everybody has varying degrees of anxiety. I’m a mug skier but when I’m told to ‘lean into the valley’ I think “hell no, thats death down there!” so I lean into the mountain, lose my edges and fall.
Swimming has similar paradoxes. Our involuntary brain thinks ‘it’s warm up there, there are sharks down there!! and it’s colder. Salvation is up there’ and we aquaplane upwards.


Due to the above, and breathing being the most important thing we do, the most frequent error among all swimmers is to press down too soon on the hand opposite to the breathing side.
So we lift to breathe rather than roll to breathe.
This leads to several inefficiencies;
– the biggest one is losing power on the off side, because your body rotation hasn’t started yet in that direction so you’re only using muscle. See “Catch up” below in early newsletters.
– you lose streamlining as your head raises above your body axis.
– as a result of the above you have less time to breathe in, losing oxygen, because your arms are going faster [but you’re swimming slower].
– Ocean swimmers lift the head “to breathe better”. Nonsense! The mouth is down there, and lifting the head means lifting about 5kg’s above the surface without getting the breathing part up! So lift your chin rather than the top of your head. Rotate more and look at the sky when breathing in choppy water. Der…. check out shots of Keiren and Grant!

Hey, I know because as I get older this is my primary fault so I tell myself “practice what you preach Konrads!”

SPECIAL NOTE. If you have my DVD or even the older video, contact me direct for any questions or advice. Mobile 0407 560 568 [Sunshine Coast] or

Happy Swimming!  John


One Response

  1. Thanks for sharing your tips Mr Konrads, started swimming lessons at age 47, after many lessons I’ve now got enough happening subconsciously that I can work on cleaning up my technique.


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