Breastroke swimming technique for beginners the second part of the three stages, arms and legs together
Breastroke swimming technique/ introduction
We shall first go through a general over view of breastroke swimming technique to get you started, how my page about breastroke swimming technique can help you achieve your
swimming goals. You may be rusty and have not been swimming for some time or you may be a complete beginner whatever reason you have taken the first
big step by reading my page.
You should first make sure you are comfortable in the water and you are in a depth that does not make you feel nervous, dip your shoulders in and
get a feel for the water. This could take a minute of two of several minutes but who is counting? Always make sure that you enter and exit the pool
safely. Either by the steps or sitting and lowering yourself into the water from the side of the pool.
Now if you are frightened of the water believe me you are not alone, most people who are learning to swim have certain fears which need to be overcome.
Sometimes people think that they will sink to the bottom of the pool not realizing that the water will support you. Fear is a very miserable feeling
which could be the result of a bad experience you may of had, lack of knowledge or maybe listening to stories people may have told you.
You will soon learn that the water will support you no matter how deep you are if you let it. I do understand when beginners do not always believe me
when I say that no matter how deep the water is it makes no difference when floating or sinking. Don’t worry as you get more relaxed and confident
it will come to you.
A skill should be gradually built up in stages little by little and not rushed to learn too quickly, make your goals easy and achievable so that you are not
put of before you start. So you build on a skill using successive progressions and breaking down a skill helps you to understand what as well as why you
need to do a certain skill in a particular way. Please try not to give up trying the first skill, you will either pick this up quickly or you gradually progress
until you achieve your goal. Just give it time and practice.
If you haven't read my page about breastroke swimming technique/ legs then I recomend that you do because when learning a new stroke you always begin with legs and push
Breastroke swimming technique/ click onto this link if you want to go to my page about breaastroke legs
Breastroke swimming technique/ if you want to read about breastroke swimming in more technical detail click onto this link to view my page about breastroke swimming
Breastroke swimming technique/ arm action
So now you should have perfected the leg action before going on to the arms, assuming this let's get started. You begin with your arms in front of you outstretched.
This is illustrated in the photograph below.
Now begin to sweep your arms outward, downward, and backwards with your palms facing backwards. Have a look at the next photograph showing this position.
This is the action that creates the propulsion (the propulsive phase). So a nice hard pull is needed.
Then you meet your hands together below your chin by your belly button as if you are clapping your hands, making sure you keep your elbows close to your body
making sure that you do not pull your arms out to far. The best way to think of it is imaging you are swimming through a tunnel. Have a look at the photograph
to see where the arms finish the propulsive phase.
The arms come back up to the surface of the water ready to perform the propulsive phase again, this is called recovery. Have a look at the photograph below to see the
path of the arms as they come back to the surface of the water.
Then the arms are back where they started, ready for the propulsive phase again, if you look back at the first picture of the breastroke arms outstretched to remind yourself if you need reminding
Breastroke swimming technique/ push and glide progressions
Fistyly let's begin with a push and glide like you did at the begging of your swimming session but this time try it without any floats, push and then hold your
arms out straight as you push off keeping your arms together. This may take a few attempts of even a few visits to the pool until you fell totally confident
with it by it is worth it in the end.You could try this holding one float until you feel confident enough to try without. See the demonstration below.
When you are happy with the previous practice then now try a push and glide arms outstretched again with one or two leg kicks depending on how confident
you feel, then increase the amount of kicks up to about 4-5 kicks.
The last push and glide is to push off the wall and glide for a second or two and kick legs and pull with arms, over a period of time increase the amount of strokes
until you are swimming with arms and legs. You will find that when trying the arms and leg together you may loose technique mainly in your legs. You may find
that your legs are not doing what they are supposed to be doing because you are concentrating on your arms. What I tend to tell people is to forget about
your arms they are in front of you because you can see what they are doing. Concentrate on your legs and the arms will look after themselves.
So by now you should be swimming breastroke without floats if not keep on trying, these methods of teaching the breastroke is very successful and will
work as long as you do not give up so please keep trying.
If you have any problems try swimming with a woggle until you feel confident but do not get to used to it, look at the photograph below for a demonstration.
If you are unfamiliar with woggles click onto this link to view my page about swimming equipment
I hope you have enjoyed and learned from my page/s I do wish you every success in learning to swim, remember it is a journey not a destination. Don't be
in a rush to learn, you could make some mistakes, if you have problems or have trouble achieving a skill, do something else then go back to it.
Good luck, and keep looking at my site I am always adding something new. Dale Dudley
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Do you have any questions about breastroke swimming
How are you getting on learning breastroke swimming? Have my pages helped you in any way? Is there something missing on my page, maybe there is something you would like me to include but I have not written about it, Do you have any questions or ideas? Or maybe you would like to share your experiences with other people so that they can learn from you. Whatever the reason this forum is for you to share your enjoyment of the sport and exchange experiences and learn from each other.
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Thanks for your articles Dale, I enjoyed reading them as you made swimming sound a lot of fun:)
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When I’m gliding during breaststroke, I sink too deep into the water. How do I fix this? Thanks!
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I am becoming more confident in the pool, but still can't quite master how to become more horizontal in the water when doing breast stroke.
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I coach kids and was wondering do you have any solution to a pain in the inside of the knee when bringing the legs together.
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