Efficiency of Movement when Coasteering – Part 1

Technical, Tactical, Physiological, Psychological

TTPP – four aspects on which to focus in order to improve efficiency of movement.  Looking at Coasteering in relation to TTPP we have:

Technical. Movement on rock and water requires good technique. We can’t teach someone to be a great technical climber or swimmer in one session but we can promote good technique. Swimming in a buoyancy aid in the sea and around rocks with swell is different from swimming in your local pool where the nearest obstacle is your neighbour’s granny and her purple rinse. Good technique involves no leg kick and a relaxed posture. Let the BA do the work.

Tactical. Where to swim is about choosing the right line in the sea, watching the swell and reacting to its rhythm, easier to do than to explain.  Let the customer copy your tactics.

Physiologically clients are pretty much stuck with the body and genetics they turn up with on the day.  We can give good advice if they choose to use the session as a kick start to a new regime.  Some body shapes and sizes perform really well in the sea and I’m often surprised when the client who looks unfit is often anything but.  Don’t pre-judge people.

Psychological. Often the biggest area we can help with in the sea.  Getting people to see that the ocean is not necessarily a dangerous place can be an eye opener.  This is about life skills and we can teach people to have a safer experience next time they visit the beach.

Relax in moving water and go with the flow and movement and I’m amazed at how turbulent the water can be without my being in actual danger.  Give customers confidence in your leadership and they will trust you.  Demonstrate good skills and they will copy.  Try to review sessions with the client  – Without a review a session has less value.

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