Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Learn How To Swim 101 - Beginning Freestyle - Common Faults-Freestyle Breathing Faults



I had a new swimming student today that was using the double stroke. My immediate thought was "Oh well I'll just have to use the old catch up stock drill and fix it".

Then I noticed something.

The student was not blowing any bubbles! The importance of blowing all your air our underwater Cannot be overstated. If you hold your breath till you turn your head you have to blow out all your air and breathe in with the one stroke. The result is that you never get a full lung of air.

Not having a full lung of air is the cause of several freestyle faults:
  • Turning ones head too far (looking at the roof) thus causing over reaching and zig zag.
  • Taking a breath to the side and then looking forward to take another breath thus messing up your timing.
  •  And last but not least the double stroke.
 In this case the double stroke was the result. And what was the solution?
Telling the student to Blow bubbles (meaning to blow all her air out under water so that when she turned her head to take a breath she had nothing left to do but breathe in. Breathing in after exhaling all your air under water results in a full lung of air when you take a breath.

The value of blowing bubbles is worth remembering I think.

Next I'll talk about Kicking faults.

Enjoy
Richard

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