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

Why learn freestlye and backstroke?

Imagine floating on your back in the ocean and letting
the waves gently bring you up and down.

Imagine being able to swim back and forth across the
pool for exercise, feeling the thud of your heartbeat
get faster, and knowing you are getting stronger by the minute.

Imagine your kids having the confidence at a pool party
and you having peace of mind knowing they can swim.

All these are important reasons to learn to swim efficiently.
The best place to start is to master the freestyle and
backstroke. Learning to swim freestyle and backstroke
takes mastering ifferent components and learning to
synchronize them correctly. A lot of the same skills are used
in freestyle and backstroke,so it is easy to learn the strokes
at the same time.

Once you have mastered all of the skills needed to swim, it
should be easy to put them together.

Similarities and Differences

The kick and head position are the same for
freestyle and backstroke, just one stroke is swum on the
stomach and the other is swum on the back. In both strokes,
it is important to use hip and shoulder rotation instead
of swimming strictly on the front or strictly on the the
back.

Side breathing is unique to freestyle while breathing for
backstroke is completely uninhibited because the mouth
is always out of the water.

The arm strokes share the same windmill rotation, but the entry and
exit of the pinky and thumb varies with the two different strokes.