Freestyle Breathing Technique - The 3 Simple Steps To Stop Choking On Water

Published: 28th August 2009
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One of the biggest issues most beginners face is breathing in the freestyle stroke. Swimming can be a difficult sport to learn if you've never been taught the very basics. Even for veterans of the sport, breathing can be a nightmare if you don't know the correct technique and method for easy and effortless breathing in freestyle.

The prospect of swallowing water can stop people from learning swimming as it can all seem too difficult after they've given it a shot three or four times. If you are having breathing problems in your swimming, don't despair. A simple solution which can be implemented right away is available. Here I will outline the three keys to overcoming breathing problems in swimming.

1. Breathing out

The most important aspect of breathing technique is the breath out. Most swimmers blow out all of their air either too early or too late which is why they choke on water. The swimmer should breath to the side of the recovery arm (the arm which is out of the water) and take a big breath of air. As the head enters the water, begin blowing a small amount of air out of both the nose and the mouth. Continue this up until your next breath is taken. As you go to breath again let all your air out quickly through your nose and mouth just before you take that next breath. Your breathing problems will be gone forever if all you can remember is that last sentence.

2. Rotation

To breath effectively it's necessary to breath to the side. The easiest way to do this is to rotate the shoulders throughout the freestyle stroke. This is an easy way to allow the mouth to breath out of the water, which means less head rotation is required. Use your body roll and momentum to help rotate your head when breathing.

3. Stay relaxed

A secret to effortless swimming, not just effortless breathing, is to stay relaxed. Too often swimmers will tense up, hyperventilate and force themselves through the water. This isn't how to swim fast. You must stay relaxed, keep calm and allow yourself to glide through the water. During your breathing, keep calm and allow yourself to breath normally without forcing air in and out.

That's the three most improtant tips when it comes to breathing easier in freestyle. Remember to let all of your air out quickly through your nose and mouth just before you take a breath. Use momentum and body roll to help rotate your head while breathing, and remember to stay relaxed and breath deep into the lungs.


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