Handy Swimming Tips

Don’t Breath the First Stroke

When you swim freestyle it’s important not to breathe on the first stroke after the turn or the start, this way you will keep the speed from the push. This will also help you expand your lung capacity.

Use Your Legs

We tend to focus more on our upper body but the legs are incredibly important. Many coaches say that swimming is 60% legs, 40% upper body.

Rotate

For freestyle and backstroke, it is important to rotate. Most of the beginners don’t rotate enough. If you are not swimming a 50 meters/yards race then you should be rotating.

Use Bigger Muscles

You will pull stronger and better if you use your pectorals and entire back muscles than just your shoulders and biceps. Bigger muscles have more power and will help you swim faster if you use them properly.

Stretch

There are many benefits of stretching, for example, giving more space for your muscles to grow stronger, recover faster, reduce lactic acid. Improving flexibility gives you a better range of motion, your stroke is likely to improve thus using less energy while swimming.

Practice in the Mirror

Sometimes it gets very hard to change what you are doing wrong in swimming, even if your coach tells you what it is. Pretending you are swimming while looking in the mirror will help you see your mistakes and it will be easier to correct them.

Visit Marigot
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Marigot Market

For those visitors who desire to forgo shopping for luxury brands and truly immerse themselves in the local culture, check out the Marigot Market. This open-air market is open every day but truly comes to life on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Fort Louis

Since being built (1789), the fort has been abandoned and fallen into ruin twice. For visitors, the unobstructed views of Marigot and Anguilla from the top are well worth the short hike it takes to get there.

Roland Richardson Gallery

Sir Roland Richardson, a native of St. Martin, has showcased the beauty and diversity of West Indian culture through his artwork. A master of several mediums, including printmaking, watercolour and oil painting, Richardson has earned respect internationally for his skills. A continuing exhibition of Richardson’s work is on display, in his family’s recently renovated ancestral home, six days per week. It is certainly worth a visit.

Musée de Saint-Martin Antilles

Clay figurines from 550 BC (the oldest discovered in the Antilles), Arawak-sculpted gemstones and period photography are among the historical displays that bring the island's history to life.

More to See in Saint Martin
Maho

Maho Village in St Maarten is a “destination within a destination” that has truly redefined entertainment, dining and shopping in a vibrant resort atmosphere. More than 40 duty-free boutiques are on offer along with a host of international restaurants, bars, cafes and lounges to suit every palate and mood. Whatever your desire, whether it is nightlife or relaxing Caribbean diversions, indulge it at Maho Village.

Front Street

Front Street is the main shopping area on the Dutch side. Located in the heart of Philipsburg, it features over a 1.6 km (1 mile) of shopping, mainly jewellery stores. Also, in Philipsburg, there is an Old Street with attractive gift stores and art galleries, and a Back Street with a colourful local market, souvenir shoppes, and inexpensive clothing.

Dawn Beach

Great beach for snorkelling with pristine white sand and new facilities. Don’t be surprised if an iguana might be nearby.

Mullet Bay Beach

Very pretty beach on the sheltered side of the island with sunset views. It is an attractive spot for local surfers.

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