Different Swim Strokes
One of the best means of exercising out there is swimming, and there are different swim strokes for anyone who wishes to participate. A few examples are as follows:
- Dog Paddling. In regards to different swimming strokes, the dog paddle is by far the most simple. The head is above water, keeping both the nose and mouth usually above also. The hands are cupped and the arms are used in alternate motions pulling the person through the water. This is a different swimming stroke and almost unique in how upright a swimmer almost looks in the water. The legs are used in a flutter kick manner.
- Front Crawl/Freestyle. This is the second easiest to learn of the several different swimming strokes available. The swimmer uses their hands and arms in a windmill fashion, always keeping the hands cupped, to pull them through the water. The head is turned under one arm at every stroke to catch a breath. It's important with any of the many different swimming strokes to use all limbs with equal force, and especially so with the freestyle. The legs are used in a flutter kick.
- Backstroke. This simple yet slightly different swimming stroke is done with the swimmer on their back. The arms are used in the windmill fashion, and they pull the swimmer through the water. When they are underneath, the hands are cupped and they are used to form 's' shapes, pushing the person through water faster. The legs in this stroke are also used in a flutter fashion. The swimmer's head is above water and their eyes should be focused on the ceiling.
- Breaststroke. This different swimming stroke is more advanced than the previous and often used for competition. Here the arms are used in a cupping and diving fashion in front of the swimmer to pull them through the water. The legs are used in a frog kick style, and the swimmer glides through the water in a rather up and down fashion.
- Butterfly. When it comes to different swimming strokes this is one of the most beautiful and competitive. It is both exhaustive to perform and difficult to learn. The swimmer uses a dolphin kick, keeping the legs together and bent at the knees. This stroke uses windmill arm movements to pull the swimmer through the water.
- Sidestroke. Though not often used in competition, this different swimming stroke is often employed when a victim needs to be brought to shore. A scissor kick is used to push the swimmer through the water. The head is kept above water, but on its side. One arm is under the water at all times and the other is used in a windmill fashion with cupped hand to create movement.
- Treading Water. This isn't necessarily a different swimming stroke as much as a survival skill needed if ever stranded in a water situation. The general purpose is to be able to maintain an above water position for as long as needed till a rescue can be at hand. It's important to minimize effort but get maximum results to keep from fatigue. Soft flutter kicks and cupped hands circling under water is generally sufficient.
Posted on: Feb. 28, 2011