Proper Swimming Technique

It is very important to follow the proper swimming technique, no matter which style or stroke you're performing. Read into the following article to know more about swimming techniques, and find out if you are swimming right!
The basic style of swimming, which doesn't involve any strokes is known as freestyle swimming or the front crawl. It is unregulated and is commonly used in competitions, as it is the fastest way of swimming. Most people who know basic swimming are known to practice this style to keep themselves floating on the water. There is a proper technique which is followed, by making the right kind of arm and leg movements, as well as breathing in a certain manner. The position of the head and the body have to be in the desired postures to make the body coordinate with the movements along with breathing. The front crawl or freestyle swimming is the easiest as well as the fastest way of doing the above mentioned movements all together. To learn this high intensity activity, there are proper techniques which have to be followed, so read to find out what this technique is.

Proper Freestyle Swimming Technique

When you are a pro swimmer, the way you swim, automatically helps you balance yourself on the water surface and you move in the right way. Though you need an instructor to show you this front crawl swimming technique practically, there are a few points which you can remember, while gaining practical knowledge. These points are mentioned in the coming up paragraphs, for your convenience, so take a look!
  • When you are on the water surface, one important thing you have to do is, to stay afloat, which is also the hardest part. If you are on the healthier side, this can take a lot of time, but practice is essential. For these swimming tips, try to balance yourself by lying flat on your tummy on the water surface, with your toes pointed straight and your head in line with the spine.
  • Your eyes have to be centered at the bottom of the pool, with your head balanced midway between the water surface and above it. Focus your eyes at the pool's bottom only when you are not breathing.
  • You must have a proper breathing in swimming when you are under water, so first practice this in a bathtub where you can hold your breath for a certain period of time. When you are in the pool, make sure, you stop your breath for as long as you can, and when you want to regain it, bring your head slightly above to breathe fast.
  • The arm movements have to be the strongest, as you are doing a high intensity freestyle swimming technique by pushing the water behind with your arms. Therefore, one arm is supposed to be leading while the other one should be pulling and recovering.
  • To follow this swimming technique in freestyle, the legs also play an important role. They should be kept straight, not rigid, and toes should be pointed out, kicking up and down. This should be a continuous activity while performing the stroke.
  • Once the basic posture of the entire body is achieved, moving your arms in a windmill motion, opposite each other will help you move forward. This is to be done, in a way, that when one arm is extended completely, the other one is to be kept back in the exact opposite direction.
  • While doing this, don't ever stop your leg movements as that will destroy your balance, but keep giving yourself kicks in the water. One of the swimming rules is, try to open and stretch your legs while kicking.
  • When you reach the other wall of the pool, straighten your body, keep your legs moving, point your fingers straight and bring your body back in position. Push the wall with your toes and roll back over on your belly to glide back on the surface. Start your arm stroking as soon as you take position, as you will be performing the terms with your feet. These are some great swimming techniques for beginners.
With these points to follow the proper technique, you can try these in practice with the assistance of an instructor. Swimming is an important activity which you should learn at an early age, as your weight and height also helps in terms of balance and movements.
By Aparna Jadhav
Published: 8/17/2010
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