I have been trying this technique from past couple of days but failed to do it properly. Since I am not taking any coaching so just want to make sure that whatever I am doing is not wrong. Here is what I do [Please see attached image]......

  1. I take my one hand stretched on front direction and other hand on my hips.
  2. I'm kicking from both legs
  3. Instead facing my belly to swimming pool bottom I keep it on slight angle so that I can take my face easily out of the water surface to breathe.


I have read somewhere that while breathing in this style you head must be attached to your stretched hand. But in my case I failed to take my head out of the water[keeping head attached to stretched shoulder] so that I can break water surface and breathe.

Difference in image and what I do is just head in image is partially outside the water so that he can break water surface easily to breathe. But my head remains under water and even after rotating, it hardly breaks water surface.

Somehow I managed to breathe by breaking the connection of head and stretched shoulder. But this is wrong technique. Please suggest any correction in technique.

  • I think here on sports.stackoverflow.com , we don't have a group of swimmers. Only 2 views in 4 days.. I think any other place should be tried out..
    – ALEN
    Commented Apr 28, 2014 at 12:48
  • True that we don't have the expertise in place to accommodate swimming questions at the moment. However, we have had some and your question is really good in terms of what we expect in quality here. Don't be discouraged...you may even be the pioneer for these types of questions here.
    – user527
    Commented May 5, 2014 at 13:20

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From the picture, I immediately wonder: what is your hand doing behind your hips? Take note to touch your hips when you come up, not let it drop behind it.

This video explains the important principles very well:

  1. Forget about kicking. Propulsion, kicking harder, only transfers 3% of the energy expenditure (in the average swimmer) into forward motion

  2. instead focus on hydrodynamics: allow your lower body to draft behind your upper body -> do this by maintaining a horizontal body position, by not swimming on top of the water -> rotate from streamline right to left (which is what you seem to be doing well)

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But notice the difference in hand position. One hand next to the hip. The other not to high up, put going down.

Instead of kicking, do a small flip when you are switching arms, the only goal is to help you flip sides.


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