Swimming Support

22 Jan

For those of you who have been asking, I am on the verge of organising a few front crawl technique session to support the recreational swimmers/triathletes among you. This is inspite of the promise I made to myself  to never, ever, ever, go back into a swimming pool.

More news when Ive confirmed with the local pools.

But for now, let me deal with a common breathing problem. For this “hint” im going to assume that you have grasped the mechanics of the side head turn/roll that enables you to take air in through  your mouth, then you either trickle it out through your nose as your head turns underwater , or an explosive mouth clear ( If you use a nose clip)

So its  “in through the mouth, out through the nose (or mouth)”.


Its  all very well, but ( it normal life)  we breath in and out  through our nose, or in through the nose out through the  mouth, or if we are stressed, in and out through our mouths repeatedly and quickly. All of these are dramatically different patterns to the ones you need to use when you breath in front crawl.

So, here is a drill: walk 100/200/400 m breathing in through your mouth and out through your nose ( or mouth) mimicking  what you do in the front crawl. Many people find this initially difficult because its not their natural pattern. So why would jumping in a pool with water slopping everywhere already make a difficult task easier. It doesn’t.

Now then, can you use the same pattern at a jog/ run? Can you  can you breath rhythmically when fatigued.

This is a useful thing to play with as swimming  breathing frequently takes “fit”athletes and turns them into panickers. Pool time is valuable. This little drill can really help.

Hope it helps

3 thoughts on “Swimming Support

  1. The way swin teachers teach it is that when your hand brushes your hip you turn your head to that side, to breath on both sides its every 3 strokes, easiest to practice witha float.

    1. @colm a lot of lazy teachers do  jump  straight to that meaningless drill without preparing their pupils properly.

  2. A good point of practise for breathing is to focus on your exhalation not your inhalation. Exhaling strongly when your face is under water means you only have to inhale when you go to breathe. This also helps greatly with bilateral breathing.

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