Not Able To Inhale

I am not able to inhale as I swim. I am able to exhale in the water but as soon as I tilt my head to inhale, water flows into my mouth and I feel choking! Also I forget about moving my legs when I try to inhale!


It is quite probable that you are not turning your head enough for your mouth to clear the water surface and your attempts to inhale result in water flowing into your mouth.

Go right back to basics and practice breathing while standing in the water. Stand in water of about chest or shoulder depth, take in a breath and exhale into the water. Then turn your head to the side and inhale again. Practice this for a few minutes or until your get used to the feeling of water around your face and mouth but are able to inhale without water entering your mouth.

This all sounds very basic and easy, but believe me if inhaling and exhaling throughout this exercise becomes second nature then performing it whilst swimming will be a whole lot easier.

It goes without saying that your body position is very different in the water when swimming compared to when it is standing, and this means that your head position will also be different. If you have practiced the previous exercise then you are half way there.

Swim slowing concentrating on your breathing, ensuring that your mouth clears the water when you need to inhale. If you are still finding water entering your mouth then try over exaggerating your head movement. In other words turn your head far more than you really need to. Firstly this will ensure that your mouth clears the water surface and will, over time help you to find a comfortable amount to move your head and therefore a comfortable position to inhale.

As for your legs stopping when your breathe, this is also a very common mistake to be made. It is all down to your coordination or maybe lack of it!

Try kicking whilst holding either a kickboard or the poolside. This will isolate your leg and allow you to focus on kicking as you inhale and exhale.

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