There are no 2 ways around it. .. In order to improve your swim skills you must swim and you must swim alot. You also have to learn proper technique because swimming 10000 meters a week the wrong way is only going to teach you to swim 10000 meters a week wrong… with alot of unnecessary effort that could be saved for your bike and run…. if you do triathlons like me.
It’s also key to swim with swimmers because swimmers swim. .. swim with swimmers to get better and get faster. .. It’s that simple. Bike with bikers, run with runners and swim with swimmers. . Simple.
The best way to accomplish this is to join your local masters team. Typically local masters teams are made of swimmers and triathletes and coaches. Coaches will typically be on deck to guide you in improving your technique so you can pick up the pace while conserving energy. Masters practices usually force you to swim on a given interval to keep up with the written workout. This is necessary to improve speed and build endurance. I typically have to cut my distance to keep with the interval but that’s OK. . Because I’m getting better and cutting less. So I will leave you with this one piece of swimming triathlon advice. .. join a masters program. You will be more comfortable in the water both in pool and open water and you will get faster and build endurance. If nothing else is gained you can swim forever which, in my humble opinion, is truly amazing. Oh a side note. . Joining is simple. . Google for a local team… pay membership dues and join us USMS… It’s worth it.