Basic Swimming Technique
The basic swimming technique, more often referred to as "freestyle", is both efficient and powerful. Everyone's swimming technique is different, and some don't care much for freestyle. In fact, the term basic swimming technique is misleading, as some swimmers consider other forms much less advanced. Nonetheless, we will go with the universal acceptance of this swimming technique as the most "basic" to attempt for novice swimmers.
- Line your body horizontally. One of the characteristics of the basic swimming technique is it's unmistakably horizontal form. Your spine and head will be straight in line, with your legs barely below.
- Windmills. Your arms will, basically, be altering opposite of each other in circles. The freestyle swimming technique is propelled via both the power generated from the arms and kicking feet. Your hands need to be cupped so as to take some water down stream opposite of you.
- Kick! Your feet (or more specifically, your lower legs) will be paddling ferociously so as to move your body forward. Along with the arms, your kicking feet will be the major force behind your swimming technique.
- Alternate breathing. If you haven't noticed, this swimming technique will leave your head under water for a significant amount of time. Generating all of that power will require quick breathing. Most swimmers breathe on different sides so as to keep the momentum balanced. When your left arm comes up, breathe. Then, wait 2 repetitions (or 4, if you have lungs of steel) and tilt your head so as to intake air before the arm goes back down.
- Relax your body. Don't think too much while attempting the freestyle swimming technique. As a form that emphasizes aerodynamics, a tense bunch of muscles will only lead to unnatural spasms. Breathe slow before beginning, and go with the flow; think about it later.
The basic swimming technique is more than just flailing your arms wildly in hopes of movement. Always relax, and go with the flow of the water. Also remember to never swim alone, as anytime you are around water there is a possibility for things to go wrong. Good luck, and take it easy future Olympic swimmer!