Whether you’re just starting on your swimming journey or you’re already a well-tuned athlete, many people struggle with feeling confident in the water. Having a correct freestyle technique is a surefire way to help you reach that goal. The key is to ensure you’re relaxed, always breathing and maintaining the right position. Perfecting your stroke can seem like an impossible feat; however, swimming improvements, are usually only a few technique sessions away. We’ve put together a list of common mistakes and solutions, just the beginning of correcting a freestyle stroke and helping you to feel more confident in the water!
One of the common mistakes we see with freestyle and, in fact, all strokes, is a problem with breathing. Breathing incorrectly can easily affect other parts of the stroke, which is why many swimmers don’t realise the problems their facing start with the way they’re breathing. For instance, breathing can cause scissor kicks, bad body position, crossovers and lopsided strokes.
One way to help with breathing issues is to focus on your exhalation rather than inhalation. Exhale continuously while your face is turned downward in the water. And don’t exhale while you are on your side and your mouth has cleared the water.
To move quickly in the water, you must have proper body alignment, the position of your head might indicate this. There is no easy way to sum up a definitive “right” swimming position, as each swimmer is different and it’s essential to work with your instructor to get the freestyle stroke mechanics down pat.
One thing you can do that will help you see a difference straight away is to try and keep your head in line with your trunk and look straight down toward the bottom of the pool. Make sure you’re not looking forward as this will cause you to lift your head, which will, in turn, cause your hips and legs to drop.
Body roll is the rotation of your shoulders, torso, hips and legs around the long axis of the body many experts consider this to be the most critical part of the stroke.
Experts believe that the most efficient swimming technique involves, your shoulder, torso and hips all rolling together as one. In terms of your kick, this means you will kick from the side slightly as you rotate. This does not include your head, as this should stay stationary unless you’re breathing.
Although these steps make it sound easy, we know how hard perfecting a freestyle technique can be. After all, even Olympians still have to work on it. The best way to ensure your technique is correct is to come down and talk to one of our talented instructors or join one of our many programs to help you perfect your stroke. Here at Prince Alfred Park Pool, we love to see both beginners and veteran swimmers alike improve their confidence and feel great in the water. Visit our website to find out more.
Whether you’re just starting on your swimming journey or you’re already a well-tuned athlete, many people struggle with feeling confident in the water. Having a correct freestyle technique is a surefire way to help you reach that goal.
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