After a few months of my own method of swimming Dan Aldrich (mentioned in my other blogs) sent me a video of a swimming technique developed by Challenged Athletes (USA). This video gave another method that I have embraced and is working well. The technique involves swimming on your side and swimming freestyle using your arm like an oar. The video is attached.
This technique meant I had to learn to kick which I had never done well in the past. With a little practice I saw my time for 100 m improve to about 2:50.
Just recently I have begun working with a professional swim coach to assist me to develop my technique. In a short time this has proven very beneficial with some obvious faults in my technique identified and some significant improvements in my time. This week I was swimming 2:15 for 100m. The coach used an iPad to video my technique. It was amazing to see how different the reality was from what I thought I was doing. Even without using a coach I would recommend using video to analyse your technique.