Breathing is so easy on land that we don’t think about it, but in the water, we have to coordinate our whole body just to grab a breath of air. The breakdown, aimed at beginner swimmers but useful to anyone who feels that their freestyle breathing isn’t perfect, gives you four tips to Learn How to Breathe Better While Swimming:
- Keep one goggle in the water when you turn to breathe. This way you can be sure you’re only turning your head, and not disrupting your hips and legs as well.
- Look diagonally behind you when you bring your face out of the water. If you think about looking to the side, instead, you’re likely to pull your head up, which isn’t good for your body’s position in the water.
- Exhale. Holding your breath is a beginner mistake that makes swimming harder.
- Exhale through your nose, specifically. This way it’s easy to breathe in through your mouth when you come up for air.
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4 Basic Breathing Drills
The following basic drills can be used to get familiar with breathing technique in the water. Wear swimming goggles to practice those drills.
1: In shallow water, hold your breath, then crouch down so your head gets under water. Stay in that position for a few seconds, then rise up.
2: Same as drill 1, but exhale under water through the nose so you blow bubbles.
3: Same as drill 2, except that you now blow bubbles both out of your nose and your mouth.
4: In shallow water, crouch down until the water surface rests between your nose and your mouth. Now practice inhaling above water through your nose and exhaling under water through your mouth.
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Check out the video for more details, and to see these tips in action. This video can help you fix some of the ways you may be making this task even harder than it needs to be:-
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