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5 Essential Swimming Skills For You To Master

5 Essential Swimming Skills For You To Master
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5 Essential Swimming Skills For You To Master

In Triathlon, It All Kicks Off With The Swim. So It’s Not A Surprise That This Can Cause Fear In Many Beginner Athletes. That’s Right, But Learning A Few Simple But Essential Swimming Skills Scan Give You A Lot More Confidence In The Water And They’re Not That Hard To Grasp. So Today, We’re Here with Five Essential Swimming Skills For You To Master.


First Up, We’ve Got Breathing. Now We Do This 24 Hours A Day, Seven Days A Week But Suddenly It Seems So Hard Once We Get Into The Water. A Big Mistake Is To Take A Big Breath And Then Hold It Until Your Next. But What This Does Is It Actually Creates A Lot Of Tension In Your Upper Body And Changes Your Technique And Your Body Position In The Water. Oddly, Holding A Big Breath Will Actually Make You More Desperate For Air. This Is Due To The CO2 Or Carbon Dioxide Build Up In Your Lungs And Muscles.

So, Once You’ve Taken A Breath You Should Start Exhaling Underneath The Water This Should Be A Constant Stream Of Bubble Sand Make Sure You’ve Fully Exhaled Underneath The Water. Otherwise, This Leaves You A Short Window To Exhale And Inhale When You Rotate Your Head.


Sinking Mushrooms Or Sink Downs Aren’t Just For Kids To Have Fun Doing. They’re A Great Way Of Practising This Trickling Of Your Breath And Water Confidence. Take Your Breath And Curl Into A Ball. Now Start To Exhale. You Should Start To Sink. Keep Exhaling And Aim To Touch The Bottom Then Come Up Again. Practise This A Few Times Through.


Mastering The Tumble Turn Can Save A Lot Of Time And Effort. And It’s Not Actually As Tricky As You Might Think. Essentially, It’s Just A Somersault With A Push Off The Wall. So A Great Place To Start Is By Practising Pushing Off The Wall Into A Somersault. And Once You’ve Mastered That, You Can Progress This By Taking A Few Strokes And Then Into Your Somersault, Making Sure You Keep Your Head Tucked In And Your Chin As Close To Your Chest As Possible.

Also Read : Basic Swimming Skills For Swimmers

And Now, You’re Ready To Start Doing A Somersault Towards The Wall. As You Build Your Confidence, Start Turning Closer To The Wall. Using The T At The Bottom Of The Pool Is A Great Guide For Starting A Somersault. And When You’re Ready, You Can Introduce The Push Off, Just Make Sure You Keep Your Head Tucked In Throughout The Whole Tumble Turn.


Drafting Is Essentially Free Speed By Using Another Swimmer To Help You Swim Faster. So You Can Either Draught Off Their Hip By Swimming In Their Wake That They Create, Or You Can Follow Their Feet In A Way Very Similar To Drafting On A Bike.

Drafting On The Hip Requires Swimming Quite Close To The Other Swimmer. So Before You Start Trying This On A Random Public Swimmer, Perhaps Ask A Friend Instead. I Suggest Breathing Towards The Other Swimmer So That You Know Where They Are. Your Head Should Be In Line With Their Hip Or Just Above And You Want To Get As Close As You Can Without Touching Or Hindering The Other Swimmer.

Drafting On The Feet Is Quite Straight Forward, But To Get An Effective Draught, You Should Be Close Enough That You’re Almost Touching Their Feet. Even Being Just 30 centimeters Off The Feet Will Reduce The Amount Of Draught That You Can Get.


Sighting In The Open Water Sounds Like An Easy Skill, But You’ll Be Surprised How Much Energy You Can Waste By Doing It Badly. If You Lift Your Head Out Too Much, Your Feet Will Sink Acting A Bit Like A Brake. So Every Time You Sight, You Lose Speed And Then Have To Work Hard To Get That Speed Back Up Again. Ideally, You Want To Sight By Just Lifting Your Eyes Out Of The Water. This Means You Should Still Breath To Side As You Normally Would, But You Fit The Sighting Into Your Stroke Just Before You Breath. As You Push Down At The Front Of The Stroke, Lift Your Eyes Out And Sight The Buoys Ahead. Then, Breath To The Side. With A Little Practise, You Can Make This Smooth And Seamless.

So If You’re A Triathlete, They Usually Can’t Wait For The Swim To Be Over. These Five Essential Swimming Skills Will Make A Significant Difference.

About the author

Sanuj Srivastava

Hello everyone ! myself Sanuj Srivastava, I'm a National swimmer and Computer Olympiad winner. I'm working on writing articles for competitive swimming. If you have some problem in swimming that needs some creative injection then that’s where I come in!
My aim is to bring across your message and identity in the most creative way.

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