Swimming technique makes all the difference for both beginning swimmers and serious swimming athletes. The
proper swim stroke is vital to efficiency in swimming and will help swimmers increase speed during competitions.
Learning the proper swimming technique is best accomplished at a young age when first learning to swim; however,
even adults who are first learning to swim can develop the proper technique with proper swim instruction.
Training levels for swimming technique take into account the person’s age, level of swimming ability and a
swimmer’s goals. The four main strokes are freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. Each of these strokes
has specific arm and leg movements as well as breathing techniques that are important to performing the stroke
effectively and accurately. Of the four main swim strokes, the front crawl or freestyle is the fastest style of
swimming. Therefore, it is the most widely used by swimmers of all ages and levels.
One of the key methods to learn proper swimming technique is through the use of training and drills
(SwimSafer and SSPA). With professional
instruction by a certified
coach to learn the stroke properly, a swimmer will then focus on learning to repeat the correct movements until
they become almost a natural reflex. During training, a swimmer builds endurance and stamina while performing the
proper stroke so as to avoid wasting energy. The better able a swimmer can move through the water without energy
waste, the faster that swimmer becomes. Consistent practice is important to become a better swimmer with proper