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Basic Front Crawl

Basic Front Crawl

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

Front crawl is the fastest of the four strokes but the breathing and technique can be difficult to master.

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 the front with your face in the water, stretching your body as long as possible.
  • Keep your legs long with pointed toes, kick your legs up and down (alternating) making your ankles as floppy as possible, using your feet like flippers. Kick your legs fast and continuously.
  • Start with your arms stretched long in front of your head. Pull one arm under your body all the way to the thigh. Bring your arm out of the water and sweep it over the water stretching it ready to enter the water in front of your head. Keep pulling your arms in a continuous movement as one arm enters, the other is ready to exit at the thigh.
  • Turn your head to the side to breathe in, turn as one arm is stretched in front and one at the thigh. Try to keep one ear in the water as you turn your head. As the arm sweeps over the water return the face back into the water and breathe 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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