MIRACLE SWIMMING IS DIFFERENT
Video courtesy of Miracle Swimming.
THE STROKES MYTH
Traditional swimming lesson programs, such as those offered by the Red Cross, United States Masters Swimming (USMS), and the YMCA, focus on strokes. It is not uncommon for students in these programs to be confronted with strokes-based lesson plans within the first few minutes of the first class. Skills like kicking or moving the arms in a prescribed fashion are examples of stroke-based skills.
Strokes are a form of aquatic choreography. Learning to swim by focusing on strokes first is like learning to dance on a tightrope. It simply doesn't work that way!
The problem with the Strokes Myth is that students and teachers who focus on strokes before addressing foundational aquatics skills often get frustrated and give up.
So, if you took swimming lessons in the past but they "didn't work," it's not your fault! You may simply have been a victim of the Strokes Myth, which despite decades of associated traumas persists to this day.
"STROKES ARE A FORM OF AQUATIC CHOREOGRAPHY. LEARNING TO SWIM BY FOCUSING ON STROKES FIRST IS LIKE LEARNING TO DANCE ON A TIGHTROPE."