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Questions tagged [swimming]

Questions about swimming in the context of sport. When referencing part of a multisport event, consider tagging for "triathlon" or "ironman" instead.

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Buoyancy when front crawling [migrated]

I am very close to negative buoyancy. When learning to swim front craw if I exhale my head will sink down very quickly. Is there a technique to keep my upper body at the right angle when doing front ...
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How to make the seal on swimming google work again [migrated]

I use Aquasphere googles for swimming and when they are new they seal really well. I swim for at least 60 minutes and if I leave them alone, my eyes stay dry for the whole session. However, when the ...
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How to improve being out of breath early when doing freestyle swimming?

When doing freestyle, I sink quite low in the water. As I turn my head sideways to breathe, it's still in the water, which makes me push my head more up and as a result, it breaks the momentum and I ...
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Why do swimmers wear headphones?

I notice that at the London Olympics several of the swimmers wore headphones as they came into the pool area. Why is this?
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Does shaving your legs really matter in swimming/cycling?

For many many years, elite swimmers (well, actually any swimmer with a big meet) will shave almost everything from their bodies, and serious cyclists will do the same. The claim is that shaving ...
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Legs stops kicking while inhaling air during freestyle swiming

I have newly started learning swimming, major problem which I am facing and my coach informs me is that my legs stops kicking while I am taking breath while doing freestyle swimming. Because of this ...
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How do I kick from my hip ? [closed]

I am trying to relearn swimming and notice the importance of kicking from the hip as being the most effective for propulsion and energy consumption. I have tried to imagine am kicking from my hip and ...
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If a swimmer breaks a record in a medley event, does the record count towards the individual event or the medley event?

If a swimmer breaks, for instance, the 100-meter free stroke record in a medley event does that record count towards the hundred meters discipline or are those records held apart?
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Why is a straight-arm recovery in butterfly more efficient but in front-crawl it isn't? [closed]

In top level swimming, most butterfly competitors demonstrate a straight-arm recovery above the water, but in front-crawl events it's more usual to see recovery with a high, bent elbow and low hand ...
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How do swimmers know how many laps they have left? [closed]

Just wondering how swimmers know how many laps they have left. Is it like in athletics where they have an electronic screen, except underwater? Are there any objective elements (inside or outside ...
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Was “freestyle” swimming anything other than “front crawl”

In competitive swimming, "freestyle" events are those which have very few limitations in the swimming style, and the swimmer is allowed to choose whatever style they are fastest in. However, I have ...
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What are the red circles on the body of Michael Phelps at Rio 2016?

Whatching the US swimmer Michael Pheps in Rio 2016 pools is it possible to see some dark red circle on his body. What is the cause of these signs? In the picture belowe you can see those signs on ...
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Did Eric Moussambani go to the semi-finals in Sydney?

In the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Eric Moussambani, from Equatorial Guinea, was invited to the games under an IOC program that allows smaller countries to compete without meeting qualifying ...
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WR Line while swimming

Watching the Olympics I have found the swimming very interesting. I've noticed that while the swimmers are swimming the TV Channel (BBC) projects a line across the width of the pool saying WR (World ...
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What is “easy choice” in swimming program

While reading a swimming program I've met the following 4 x 25m Freestyle fast on 1 minute, 100m easy choice, 4 x 25m Not Freestyle on 1 minute, 100m easy choice What does "easy choice" mean ...
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Influence of water temperature on swimmer performance

What is the optimal water temperature for a swimmer performance? Are there records of swimmer performance vs. water temperature? I'm not a swimmer but in general I would like to understand if there is ...
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Webbed gloves for spearfishing or snorkling will give me more speed? [closed]

I like to have more speed when swimming as I feel this is safer due to being able to escape dangerous situations. Would webbed gloves provide this in a spear fishing or snorkeling environment?
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Swimmer's elbow problems [closed]

In the last year I have been, on and off, troubled by what I believe is swimmer's elbow. The pain does not prevent me from swimming but it is affecting my ability to pull with maximum force in the ...
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Lane occupancy in swimming

During a session of free swimming into italian public pool is good practice to occupy always the right side of the lane. I do not know if it is related to the way of driving car. In Country like UK,...
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Invasion of lane in swimming

If does it exists, how is regulated the invasion of lane in swimming? It is allowed to "invade" the next lane during the stroke under water?
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Swimming long distances self sufficient [closed]

I intend to swim long distances, over 5 km, in open waters. I won't do it in shark infested water or anything alike, but there are still a lot of dangers, like jellyfishes. I also want to do it self ...
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What international sport do not have age limits for championship competitions?

I view that Alzain Tareq took part in the Kazan 2015 swim championship at age of 10! It seems that FINA (International Swimming Federation) has no age limits for races. Are there any other ...
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Has a swimmer ever been disqualified for an illegal stroke at a top-level championship?

Is it ever happened that a swimmer was disqualified during a top-level competition (for example, the Olympics or World Championships) for a bad or incorrect stroke?
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Swimming pace - where should I be and what should I do?

I started training for triathlons 3 years ago and have completed one Olympic distance race each year (in addition to 2-3 half-Marathons per year). I train year-round because it helps me stay in shape. ...
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How to improve my Swimming technique? Help please [closed]

I have a problem breathing inside the water, I have difficulty in exhaling (incomplete exhaling) which creates a lot of problem while swimming. If I stop going the swimming pool (say for 1 month), I ...
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swimming from the wall vs. the block - what is the difference in time?

My daughter was timed swimming off the wall just recently. She was able to get the fastest time of 1:11 for her 100 yard free about 6 times. If she were to dive off the block, what would her time be ...
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Out of breath after swimming 300m [closed]

I swim combat side stroke only, and have managed to make my way to around 300m straight. However, it seems like no matter what I do, I can't make it past 300m. Yesterday, I put a float between my ...
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Swimming: why can I not front crawl? [closed]

I have hard time with front crawl while other strokes are doing well. I want to understand why I can not front crawl, something wrong in technique? Profile Breaststroke - I can go on forever. ...
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Breathing issues in swimming

I am learning to swim, but my biggest problem is breathing; not only does my heart rate rise rapidly, but I get out of breath quickly. I have read that proper exhaling plays an important role, but how ...
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What makes a swimming pool lane “good”? [duplicate]

In his book, Ian Thorpe says: I had swum 1:49.16, the fifth-fastest heat time as it turned out. It meant I had a good lane in one of the semifinals later that night. This begs the question: What ...
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How can one estimate distance covered while spot-swimming?

I’ve been finding it difficult to track my progress while swimming with a swimming cord. Is there a swim watch or tracker that can provide an estimate of the distance covered while training like this?
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How much faster/more useful is swimming under water?

Underwater dolphin kicks are often considered "the fastest way of swimming". Dave Berkoff introduced underwater swimming and won Olympic golds in 1988. Rules were changed and now only allow for 15 m ...
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How to design swim practices for long distance swimming

I've decided to swim a 2.5km race a year from now. For the last two years I have swum 3km daily, but at a uniform, comfortable pace which I believe is not optimal for boosting competitive performance. ...
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Can't float; swimming is hard

My body doesn't seem to float in pool water. I think that's making it so that I have to work hard just to even stay up. That makes my swimming endurance kind of poor. Is this a known issue for some ...
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Is there a dry-top for the freestyle snorkel?

I own a Finis Freestyle snorkel. Along with it I had bought a snorkel dry top as well; only to, later, discover that it only works with the regular snorkels and not with the freestyle version. Does ...
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What is the top speed of swimmers when they leave the blocks?

At the beginning of a race, swimmers dive off the starting blocks into the water. I would like to know how fast they are moving when they enter the air, before they hit the water. Thus far my search ...
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How can I get my body floating on the water while doing the backstroke?

I've been trying this and also have seen many swimmers. They can just easily lie down on the water surface and their body starts floating without any hand and leg movement. I try to keep my body as ...
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How to do side-crawl efficiently with taking few breathes periodically?

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 ...
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What are the technical differences between freestyle and butterfly swimming?

Freestyle times (46.91 WR for 100m) tend to be faster than butterfly (49.82 WR for 100m) times. However, the "peak speed" for butterfly is faster than freestyle(1). Would this have to do with an ...
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Swimming with Fins Versus Elite Swimmers

When sprinting with fins, and especially now that I'm trying to press my chest and head down and get my hips up, I can feel a pretty significant amount of drag as my arm recovers. I think this is due ...
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Bad Breathing Habits in Swimming

As I turn my head to breathe (almost always to the left), I reach my head out to the left. I think this is probably because I am reaching with my right arm, and trying to reach as far as I can is ...
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Head Position in Swimming

I am trying to fix my head and hip positioning by looking down instead of forward and pressing my chest and / or head down. It's kind of awkward to press your chest down while also looking down and ...
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Hand supports for swimming

I have been swimming for as long as I can remember, but over the past 2 years when I pull myself through the water I have been getting a lot of pain in my hands, it appears just below my knuckles (...
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More swimming, or alternative activities/sports for a junior competitive swimmer?

My daughter is 7. She loves swimming and joined a proper club about 6 months ago. She has also continued taking lessons with her brother who is a little behind her, just because she enjoys it. She ...
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Swimming - Best way to count lengths

I'm a very keen swimmer and always have been. I've trained up to a competitive standard, however due to lack of funding have never been able to compete. I have always struggled to keep track of how ...
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How can I improve the efficiency of my kick in swimming?

In training, I really struggle with front/back crawl or fly kick exercises. Not only do I not get much propulsion but the little I do get pretty much drains all my energy and leaves me gasping for ...
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Semipermeable swimming nose clips

Is there a solution against nose aches after a lot of swimming? maybe nose clips, that only let you breathe out and close when you breathe in?
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Is it Okay to Swim all seven days a week?

I've been swimming on my own for about a year and am now training under a coach for about 2 months. Earlier I did not focus on swimming fast but now the coach measures the time taken to swim. I swim ...
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Back to School; Triple Lindy

In my younger years, I've seen this wonderful movie called Back to School. There Rodney Dangerfield alias Thornton Melon performs the Triple Lindy (1'09''). Has anybody ever seen a "Triple Lindy" ...
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Why does freestyle swimming restrict underwater swimming?

According to Wikipedia and to CONI: Some part of the swimmer must break the surface of the water throughout the race, except it shall be permissible for the swimmer to be completely submerged ...