2018 SFAM Event Schedule Complete!

We now have our full list of Swim For a Mile (SFAM) 2018 events!  Make sure you claim your space sooner rather than later! You can do this by logging into your dashboard, picking your training programme (800m or 1600m), picking your event pool and filling in your details, pools are filling up fast, so claim your space today!


Most of you are at the half way point of the SFAM training! Hopefully you are now feeling a little more confident in the water! We know, in the beginning it can be hard to get further than just dipping your toe in! However, after our first round of technique clinics back in January, we are extremely impressed with how quickly our SFAM’ers have improved! Even within the individual clinics, we saw a huge difference between the first length and the last! We also know that anyone who attended those clinics, probably arrived home in information overload! So here are our top tips based off our observations during the SFAM Technique Road Show!

Body position tips:
  • Any elevation of the upper body, causes your lower body to sink.
  • The aim is to keep as flat on the water surface as possible. To do this, apply constant pressure with your chest (not head!) into the water, pushing towards the floor – imagine you are trying to swim downhill!
  • Keep head movements to a minimum when you breathe, so that your are rotating your head to the side rather than lifting it up – one goggle rule!
Freestyle Kick:
  • You never stop kicking when swimming, even when swimming slow!
  • Focus on keeping knees and ankles close together, kicking from your hips and bum rather than your knees.
  • Kicks should be small and rapid, check out our kick demo for a better idea!
Hand Entry:
  • Palms should face the water (not be inverted or everted), with fingers-tips pointing down, as a result of the high elbow during the recovery phase.
High Elbows!!
  • Elbows stay high during the recovery phase of the stroke to prepare for the catch, you need a high elbow during the catch in order to grip the water effectively. Finger trail / tickles drill is good for reinforcing high elbows!
  • To keep a high elbow during the catch, imagine your elbows are pinned to the water surface!
  • As you begin the underwater pull phase, imagine your forearm as the paddle, a higher elbow exposes more of your forearm, which increases the surface area of your paddle, helping you push against the water to go forward!
  • Sculling replicates the catch motion.
  • Your hands guide the movement, finger-tips point down to move forward and up to move backwards.
  • You must keep your wrists stiff while sculling, to point your finger-tips down, raise your elbows (pin them to the water surface!)
  • Your forearms do most of the work; palms should alternate from facing in and out, wrists stay stiff and the forearms grip the water when sculling in and out. Check out our sculling demo!
  Once you put it all together into full stroke, it should look like this!   During week 5 of the programme, we are picking up the pace a little, those training for the mile will be hitting around 800m within a session and those training for the 800m event, hitting around 400/500m, but try not to focus on the meters but rather your technique! Once you can swim more efficiently the meters come a lot easier!   For anyone experiencing problems with registration or dashboard access, please complete our trouble shooting steps described in the sign-up guide! *Ballybunion swimming pool may still be added to the event list, keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook for updates!