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Starting off with butterfly

Starting off with butterfly

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Mastering and improving swimming strokes is key to becoming a better swimmer. If you are unsure how to start learning butterfly here are some pointers.

So, you've decided to take on butterfly stroke. You don't need us to tell you it can be physically demanding. Check out the calorie cruncher to see how many calories you can burn swimming it.

However, even though it may be difficult there are aspects of the stroke that can be taught without due stress.

Below you will find a video and our four-step guide to the basics of the stroke.

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The Basics

  • Float on your front with your face in the water, stretching your body as long as possible.
  • Undulate your body from head to toes, bending and straightening your knees. Keeping your legs and feet close together, push down on the water with the top of your feet and keep your feet just under the surface of the water.
  • Enter both hands in the water at the same time, in line with your shoulders. Pull your arms under the body through to your hips. Recover your arms over the water surface ready to begin again.
  • Push your chin forward to take a breath; the breath should be taken towards the end of the pull. As your arm sweeps over the water return your face back into the water and breathe out. Perform two kicks to each arm cycle, kicking at the start of the arm pull and towards the end of the pull “Kick your arms in, kick your arms out”.

Go Swimming has everything you need to know about swimming. If you are a parent, a non swimmer or just want to improve your technique this is the section for you.

In British Swimming you will find information about the world of high performance sport, including the disciplines of Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Para-Swimming.

The ASA is the governing body for the sport in England. In this section you will find all you need to know about joining a club or competing in England and becoming a swimming teacher or coach.

The IoS delivers the ASA’s courses and is a member organisation. Whether you are a teacher, coach, employer or club you will find everything you need to know about qualifications or educating your workforce.

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