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4 Basic Swimming Strokes to Know

When it comes to swimming, there are lots of different swim strokes that’ll get you from Point A to Point B. Here are a few of them.

BREASTSTROKE

Use For: Conserving energy when swimming a long distance.

Keys To Success: Exhale slowly while under the water; take a quick but powerful breath as you lift your chin out of the water in step 3; make an upside-down heart shape with your hands; time your stroke so that your arms and legs are fully extended at the same time.

FRONT CRAWL

Use For: Speed.

Keys To Success: Most of your forward movement comes from your arms; don’t kick too hard — the distance between your feet should be only 8 to 12 inches; keep the surface of the water between your eyes and your hairline; breathe in by turning your head to inhale on the same side each cycle.

BACKSTROKE

Use For: Easy breathing, but don’t forget to check your direction because you won’t be able to see where you’re going.

Keys To Success: When your hand enters the water, bend your arms at the elbow and push the water toward your feet; straighten your arm as it leaves the water, but relax your hand, wrist, arm and back muscles; use a flutter kicking motion like that of the front crawl.

SIDESTROKE

Use For: Swimming long distance with a restful stride.

Keys To Success: Perform a scissor kick with your legs to keep you moving as you rest your arms between strokes in a pull-kick-glide sequence; keep your nose and mouth out of the water the whole time.

2 Comments on 4 Basic Swimming Strokes to Know

  1. Oh the diagram for backstroke too is accurate for the upper half of ur body but your legs need to be closer to the surface, my coach always said “make the water look like it’s boiling” when u kick, that way your legs won’t sink and drag the rest of you down

  2. oh no sidestroke is actually not easy I suggest breaststroke or back for relaxation or long distance bc it’s easier on your neck, you don’t have to constantly strain it to breathe

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