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How to Do the Front Crawl / Freestyle Swimming Stroke

Learn how to do the front crawl / freestyle stroke in this swimming lesson from Howcast.


How to do the freestyle. There are a couple of elements that go into having a nice freestyle stroke, also known as the front crawl. First you start off in a ready position from the wall to push off into a streamline position, which helps you glide and then kick into the stroke. After you do your streamline, you break into your freestyle stroke by doing a pull first. The pull is you catch the water with your arm, your palm, and your fingers pointing down and you push the arm all the way through your hips. Then you have the recovery, the arm comes out of the water and enters. In freestyle the breathing is done to the side. When you breath to the side, just half of your face usually comes out of the water, you take a quick breath, and then as your arm recovers your face goes right back into the water.

As you're swimming it's important that you are exhaling in the water so you can clear your lungs to get more breath. You can breathe every stroke, which means to one side, or you can breathe to both sides, which is called bilateral breathing. So here's an example. You're gonna take three pulls, one, two, three, breathe to one side. One, two, three, breathe to the other side. Also when we're doing the freestyle we use the flutter kick. The flutter kick is done from the hips with a slight bend in the knee and the ankle should be nice and relaxed to help you propel through the water. That's how we do the front crawl.

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