basic swimming technique
Basic Swimming Technique
A proper swimming technique helps in becoming a stronger swimmer. To know more how to acquire better swimming skills, read this write-up.
- Lie on your stomach in the water and position both the arms in front. Move one hand in the downward direction to push the water away. Do it as if you are trying to chase the water with your palm, and keep the fingers joined together.
- Continue to swing the hand so that it passes the thigh and exits the water.
- Let it swing above the head and come in front, till it touches the other hand which then starts its motion.
- While doing this, let the hands be relaxed and not stiff when they enter the water.
- When the hand touches the thigh, turn the head simultaneously and steal a breath.
- It is also important to use the thigh muscles to kick or flutter the legs, so as to aid the hands in gaining momentum through the water.
- Lie on your back in the water, and maintain the head in line with the spine.
- Swing a hand in the air and let it pass close by the head. When the hand is immersed in the water, try pulling a hand-full of water to the surface.
- Maintain the hand fully stretched, and let the pinkie enter the water first. The entry point should be above the head and just outside the shoulder.
- When the first hand is about to hit the water, start swinging the other hand to follow the first, so that, at any time, they are at 180 degrees with each other.
- By the time the hand in the water is about to exit, the other hand will hit the water and enter it.
- If the instructions are followed correctly, then the swimmer will end up recovering one hand from the water and pulling the water with the other.
- Use the legs to kick the water away from body.
- The windmilling of the hand through the water, i.e., the speed of the backstroke is controlled by the kick speed.
- It is also necessary to swivel the whole body along the rotating arms. The shoulder of the pulling hand must be slightly above the pool while rotating the arm.
- The shoulder of the recovery arm must be maintained at the surface of the water.
- Take a breath when a hand enters the water, and exhale when it enters the water at the start of the next cycle.
- Get into the water and float by assuming a slightly tipped-up and down-forward position.
- Keep the legs close together, and hold the hands close to the chest.
- To execute a breaststroke, bring the legs toward the chest, kicking them away from the body in one motion and squeezing them closer.
- Remember to move the feet away from the body while executing the kick, to displace more water.
- This makes the swimmer glide through the water, and he can control his direction by pointing his toes and extending his arms.
- Let the glide continue for a moment, and then turn the palms outward.
- From this position, pull with both of your fully-extended hands in and around circular sweep, till the palms, once again, are close to the chest.
- While executing the sweep of the arms, use the momentum gained to raise the head above the water and take a breath.
- With the lungs full of air, submerge the head under the water, and repeat the process for the next cycle.