Basic Swimming Strokes Made Easier

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Do you swim easily with smooth, effortless movements or are your swimming strokes lacking the correct technique and causing you to look like a drowning bath toy?  Discover some of the simplest tips and learn what each part of your body should be doing.  Whether you are a complete beginner or an average swimmer, Swim Teach is here for YOU.


I'm Mark Young, experienced swimming teacher, creator of Swim and author of The Complete Beginners Guide To Swimming

I built Swim Teach to help complete beginners and average swimmers like you to fix the most common technique mistakes and make the whole learning to swim process easier.

No secrets, just logical, straight forward, practical tips and illustrations that explain what different parts of your body should be doing as you swim. Swimming technique explained in a way that anyone can understand and succeed with."

Discover the basic swimming strokes

Good swimming is all about efficiency, and good efficiency is all about effortlessly cutting through the water.  Easier said than done you might think, but if you break each stroke down into it's individual parts it is possible to fine-tune those parts and control what each part of your body should be doing.  Put the stroke parts back together move a several steps closer becoming the swimmer you always wanted to be, 

Front Crawl

When swum correctly, this is the elegant, smooth swimming stroke that everyone wants to master.  The fastest of the four basic strokes, front crawl gets it’s power from the alternating arm pull and it’s efficiency from the streamlined body position, while the relaxed leg kick keeps the overall stroke balanced.  However it is the breathing technique that causes people the most problems.  Click here for the full stroke.


The most inefficient swimming stroke due to it’s underwater arm and leg actions, breaststroke gets it’s smooth movements from the precise timing sequence.  The power and momentum comes from the whip-like leg kick whilst the arm pull assists the breathing technique and keeps the whole stroke balanced.  Click here for the full breakdown.


The fastest stroke swum in a supine (face up) position, backstroke gets it’s power and momentum from the arm pull action.  The efficiency is maintained through the flat and streamlined body position whilst the leg kick balances the stroke and provides minimal propulsion.  Swimmers tend to get that sinking feeling if the timing and coordination compromise the flow.  Click here to discover more

Butterfly Stroke

The most physically demanding of the four basic stroke, butterfly stroke gets its power and momentum from the constantly undulating body movement and simultaneous downward leg kick action.  The huge arm action compliments the other body movements while the explosive breathing technique fits seamlessly into the timing and coordination sequence.  Great strength and stamina are required to swim butterfly efficiently.  Click here for the breakdown.

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