~Step by Step: Side Breathing~
    Photo by Laura Kubitz
  1. Kicking
  2. Head Position
  3. Body Position
  4. Arm Strokes:Freestyle
  5. Arm Strokes:Backstroke
  6. Side Breathing

Freestlye Only

Side breathing is one of the most difficult, but one of
the most important skills to master for freestyle. If done
correctly, this skill will make it easier to swim long distances.

One of the good things about backstroke is that you don't
have to worry about side breathing. You can breath whenever you
want because your face is always out of the water.
Photo by Laura Kubitz
For freestyle, side breathing is important because it allows
for a smoother and faster stroke. The first thing step to perfecting
side breathing is getting used toturning your head to the side for
a breath.

   How to side-breath during freestlye

  • Using a kickboard, begin kicking on your front.

  • Place one hand on the bottom of the kickboard extending the
    kickboard in front of you.

  • Have the other arms down at your side.

  • While using the kickboard to stabalize your stroke blow out air
    as you would on a normal stoke.

  • Tip: It is very important to blow air
    out of your nosenot through your mouth, when exhaling a Photo by Laura Kubitz
    breath underwater. Blowingthe air out of the mouth could
    cause water to go up the noseor the mouth, causing discomfort.

  • When you run out of air, turn your head 90 degrees to
    the side andtake a breath. Repeat this step over and over again,
    practicing breathing on both sides.

  • Tip: It is very important that you do
    not lift your head forward to take a breath. This will cause
    your hips to sink and slowdown your stroke.

  • Once you are comfortable titling your head to the side and getting
    adequate amounts of air, add in an arm stroke to the drill.

  • Make sure that your arm, on the side that you are breathing on,
    is pushing back through the water, and not entering at the
    beginning of the arm stroke cycle.