How to Improve Your Breathing Technique


Breathing doesn’t come as natural during swimming, as it does in normal life. Beginner students usually lift their head out of the water at the wrong times to get some extra air. This breath rhythm and can tire you out even more than normal. It can be hard to get right, but breathing techniques are essential for improving your swimming style and for survival. Depending on the stroke, breathing can be at different paces. With all strokes, you’ll see a vast improvement on efficiency once you get your breathing down pat. Keep reading to find out some tips & tricks on how to improve your breathing for swimming!

Breathing properly keeps you relaxed and balanced while you swim, increasing the ease of the stroke too.  Exhalation timing is the main key to effective breathing. Get into a good rhythm! When doing freestyle don’t hold your breath underwater, it shouldn’t be that long until you can catch your next breath. Whilst swimming, make sure to exhale constantly, from your mouth or nose. Try to keep your head still in between breaths, not wobbling or looking around. Keep exhaling until you can comfortably turn your head to the side to inhale. The most important thing is to get into a rhythm, this will help you to relax, improve your swimming and not overexert yourself.

At Aquastar Swim Schools, we have a big focus on breathing techniques from the early stages. Starting with ‘blowing bubbles’ and getting used to water getting up your nose or mouth. From Intermediate 1 classes students start using a side breath in freestyle. In Intermediate 2 bilateral breathing for freestyle is introduced. At the final Intermediate 3 level, students continue correcting their freestyle & backstroke technique and we establish breaststroke breathing. Get in contact with us today to find out how strong your child’s breathing technique is with a free swimming school assessment. 

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