3 tips to improve your front crawl breathing for open water

When transferring your front crawl from pool to open water, one of the most important elements is a comfortable and efficient breathing technique.

Take these three steps to see if you can improve your front crawl breathing:

  1. Try exhaling/blowing out, while your face is in the water.
  2. Turn your head every two strokes to either the left or the right, whichever is comfortable for you to breathe in.
  3. Once you have mastered this type of breathing you can try breathing every three strokes. This is called bilateral breathing, but don’t forget to continue to exhale whilst your face is in the water.

Take a look at this front crawl breathing drills article for more information and tips for practising your breathing.

Pool Training Session

Try this pool training session to help practise your front crawl breathing technique.

Warm Up

  • 400m continuous swim as 200m front crawl, 100m backstroke and 100m of a stroke of your choice.

Main Set

  • 8x25m front crawl as 10m strong, 15m steady. Rest 15sec between each 25m. This will help with speed at the start and finish.
  • 500m front crawl at a steady pace. Really concentrate on practising your breathing again.
  • 200m front crawl kick holding a float out in front of you. Alternate between 25m strong kick and 25 steady kick. If you can’t manage this yet, then replace it with sets of 2x100m, 4x50m or 8x25m kick, resting for 15sec after each repeat.

Swim Down / Recovery Swim

  • 400m as 200m backstroke, 100m front crawl and 100m of a stroke of your choice. Keep a steady pace for this.

Total distance: 1700m