Front Crawl Exercises

Simple to understand and easy to follow...

The best front crawl exercises are the ones that are easy to follow and simple to understand.  Only then can learning and improving the basic stroke be a quick and straight forward process.  

Listed below are some of the most basic exercises for learning and improving front crawl technique.  They are all in PDF format, meaning they can be downloaded instantly and viewed on all tablet and mobile devices.  These exercises break down front crawl into it's component parts, making learning and fine-tuning it a simple process. 

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Each individual exercise contains:

  • Photograph of the exercise being performed
  • Description and aim of the exercise
  • Clear technical focus points
  • Key action points
  • A simplified diagram

Each exercise ensures the swimmer focuses on one aspect of front crawl and exercises are available for each element of the stroke.  If your weakness is the arm action, leg kick, breathing or timing and coordination then download the exercises most relevant to you. 

How will these exercises help?

Each exercise forces the swimmer to isolate a certain part of the stroke.  For example, while performing a breathing exercise after reading the technique tips and key focus points, the swimmers concentration is only on the key details of the breathing technique.  

Gradually over time and with practice the swimmer will eliminate their bad habits and begin to swim a smoother and more efficient front crawl stroke. 

Download Your Front Crawl Exercises

Body Position

Holding the Poolside


Push and glide from standing


Leg Kick

Kicking holding the poolside


Kicking holding two floats


Kicking holding float out front


Kicking from push and glide


Kicking with vertical float


Arm Pull

Single arm pull with float


Alternating arm pull with a float


Arm pull with a pull buoy



Breathing holding the poolside


Breathing with arm action


Breathing with alternating arms


Timing and Coordination

Front crawl catch up


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 front crawl technique including common mistakes and how to correct them, download How To Swim Front Crawl

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