What I have Learned From Coach Owen (A School Essay)

Did you know that baby otters actually need to be taught how to swim? So do humans, as a matter of fact. Having a great coach is the ONLY way to become an expert swimmer! Being an excellent student is the ONLY way to learn how to swim well.

Coach Owen is one of my favorite swim instructors. He has taught me many swim strokes, and he believes in me. I am trying to become a better student to my Coach. I am going to share with you a few strokes and kicks that Coach Owen taught me!

First, Coach taught me how to know when I am close to the wall. If you are doing something on your back, look up, then when you see the flags put one arm out. I learned that I am about 6 strokes away from the wall when I see the flags. This is based on my own strokes. If you are face down in the water, you know you are getting close to the wall when you are side breathing, and you see the white meet the red.

Next is Freestyle – Extend your right hand in front of your arm straight out, palm facing down and fingers tightly together. Next, kick off with both feet from the wall. With your face in the water, push the water back with your right hand. At the same time, extend your left arm forward, palm facing down, fingers tight together, and repeat the motion with your left arm and hand. You will need to breathe at some point. After at least two strokes, you can breathe by turning your head to the side – left if your right arm is straight, or turn your head to the right if your left arm is straight. Take a breath in, and then put your face back in the water. Breathe out before you breathe in.

The "Dolphin Kick" is my favorite– Get on your front side, eyes in the water. Next, get a kick off from the wall; then, start kicking like your feet are "one". Kick both feet at the same time, like a dolphin. Your arms stay at your side the whole time. When you need to breathe, you lift your body up out of the water – no hands – take a deep breath and go back down under. This is the easiest stroke for me; it is a lot of fun!

My coach can dive like a flying bird! Then, swoosh into the water! I wish I could do that; it was really fun watching him do a dive.

Anyone can learn how to swim. I want to learn how to swim very well. I can be a better student for my coaches by listening to them. I hope I can learn how to dive the proper way.

I will end with a joke: Why don't traffic lights ever go swimming? Because they take too long changing! The End!

Adam N. (11 Year Old Student at ASA)

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