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Starting off with Breaststroke

Starting off with Breaststroke

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

Breaststroke is the oldest and slowest of the four major strokes.  This is due to the propulsive phase of the arms being shorter.

Propulsion from the arms and legs happens consecutively rather than at the same time.

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. Keep your hands together.
  • Keep your legs long and stretch your toes. Bend your knees slowly and bring your feet towards the bottom. Bend at the ankles to point your feet outwards then kick back and slightly downwards and snap your feet together.
  • Keep your head in the water and stretch your arms out in front. Turn your hands so that the thumbs point down with both hands pressing out and round. Turn your hands so the thumbs point up and draw the hands together in a small circular action in front of the shoulders.
  • Lift your head to breathe in as the arms start to come together, stretch your arms out and return your head to the water to breathe out. Breath every stroke: “Pull, Breathe, Kick, Glide”.

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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