Notice how the swimmer in this video rolls her head to the side instead of lifting the head up.
For many, freestyle is the easiest stroke to learn. However, one of the most challenging techniques of freestyle is getting the breathing down. Therefore, before we get into arm movement and kicking, I will write a post specifically for breathing during freestyle.
How to swim freestyle: Part one
The first step to learning to breathe correctly when swimming freestyle is to choose your rhythm. Some people breathe every three strokes while others breathe every four strokes, or every two strokes, etc.
One of the main mistakes students make when they are first learning this skill is lifting the head and looking straight in front of them while taking a breath. Instead of lifting the head, the students should turn their head to the side and peek behind their shoulder.
For some practice…
Before you begin working on the arm and leg movements for freestyle with your students, make sure they know to breathe to the side instead of lifting their head up to breathe. Have them practice breathing to the side, with their eyes peeking over their shoulder, and taking a huge breath.
COMING SOON: How to swim freestyle: Part two