Breaststroke Exercises

Finding the right breaststroke exercises is essential to learning and improving your basic technique in a straight forward, step-by-step way.  Break down your breaststroke into simple steps with these easy to follow exercises.  Once you have fine-tuned each part, piece it back together again and swim a smoother, more efficient breaststroke.  

Being able to practice each individual stroke part makes learning the stroke quicker and correcting bad habits easier.  It allows you to learn each aspect of basic breaststroke one step at at time and really focus in on the finer details of the technique. 

Theses exercises are all in PDF format, meaning you can download them instantly and view them on your tablet or mobile device.  

Each exercise contains:

  • description of the aim of the exercise
  • photograph of the exercise being performed
  • A list of technique tips
  • Key focus points
  • A simplified illustration

Chose which stroke part is your weakness, then download the exercises to your device and get to the pool and practice.  Looking for that smooth efficient stroke?  Always wondered when to breathe in and when to breathe out?  Everything you need is right here.  No technical jargon, no nonsense, just plain simple language, 

Instantly download each exercise to your device, with no subscription or sign up required.

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Body Position

Push and glide from poolside


Leg Kick

Holding the poolside


Supine with a noodle under arms


Holding a float under each arm


Holding one float out in front


Supine with hands on hips


Prone with arms in front


Holding vertical float


Arm Action

Walking through shallow water


Arm action using a swim noodle


Arm action from push and glide


Arm action using a pull buoy



Standing in shallow water


Breathing using a noodle


Breathing with leg kicks


Timing and Coordination

Slow stroke with a swim noodle


Two kicks, one arm pull


Slow stroke from a push and glide


How Will These Exercises Help My Swimming Stroke?

Each exercise forces the swimmer to isolate a certain part of the stroke.  For example, a leg kick exercise will force the swimmer to focus only on the technique tips and focus points for the leg kick.  Practicing each exercise helps to learn and perfect the finer details of each part or eliminate any bad habits the swimmer never knew they had. 

The swimmer will be able to quickly eliminate their bad habits and begin to swim breaststroke with a smooth and more efficient technique.

Each exercise is delivered as a download link, meaning you receive them instantly (delivery time will vary depending on the type and quality of computer equipment and internet connection).  

Files are pdf format and require relevant pdf viewing software such as Adobe Acrobat.

For all of these exercises plus a detailed description of breaststroke technique, including common mistakes and how to correct them, download How To Swim Breaststroke.  For more details, click here.

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