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Basic swimming strokes broken down into their component parts

Our swimming videos show video clips for each of the four basic swimming strokes, They clearly show basic swimming technique with explanations of each part of each stroke, with some slow motions to help explain and emphasise the different parts.

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Each video clip shows the swimming stroke being swum in a non-competitive style, using basic technique.  The shorter clips below each main video break down the stroke into its component parts and feature the same footage and audio from the whole stroke video.

Each clip contains links to the relevant ebook download containing all the best teaching points and practical exercises you will need to help learn, improve and perfect your swimming technique. 


Front Crawl Technique Video

This video clip shows basic front crawl technique. You can see how the arm action generates almost all of the propulsion and the leg action promotes a horizontal, streamlined body position and balances the arm action but provides little propulsion.

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The Separate Parts of Front Crawl

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leg kick

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arm pull

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For an in-depth look at front crawl including practical exercises to practice and help perfect your technique, download How To Swim Front Crawl.


Breaststroke Technique Video

This swimming video clip shows basic breaststroke technique. You can see that propulsion from the arms and legs is a consecutive action that takes place under the water.  A large frontal resistance area is created as the heels draw up towards the seat and the breathing technique inclines the body position also increasing resistance. These are the main reasons that make this stroke inefficient and slow.

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The Separate Parts of Breaststroke

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leg kick

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arm pull

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For an in-depth look at breaststroke including practical exercises to practice and help perfect your technique, download How To Swim Breaststroke.


Backstroke Technique Video

This video shows basic backstroke technique. You can see that the majority of the power is produced by the alternating arm technique and its horizontal streamlined body position gives it its efficiency. Therefore this is the preferred stroke in competitive races swum on the back.

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The Separate Parts of Backstroke

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breathing

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For an in-depth look at backstroke including practical exercises to practice and help perfect your technique, download How To Swim Backstroke.


Butterfly Stroke Technique Video

This video clip shows basic butterfly stroke technique. You can see that this swimming stroke contains a simultaneous leg action and simultaneous arm action. The stroke requires a great deal of upper body strength and can be very physically demanding; therefore it is a stroke that is swum competitively rather than recreationally.

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The Separate Parts of Butterfly Stroke Swimming Videos

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For an in-depth look at butterfly stroke including practical exercises to practice and help perfect your technique, download How To Swim Butterfly.


In addition to these swimming videos, you can now download specific swimming exercises to learn and improve each individual part of each of the basic swimming strokes. Click here for more details

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