How To Swim Front Crawl With Ease and Confidence

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Need some help with how to swim front crawl?  Had enough of getting tired so quickly?  Good news!  I have taken front crawl and broken it down into its separate parts, meaning you can discover where you are going wrong and fine-tune your technique.    

Front crawl is the fastest, most efficient swimming stroke. It is also one of the most exhausting if your technique isn't correct. 

By breaking the stroke down, I have simplified it to use the parts you need to fine-tune your swimming technique. 

Learn What Each Part of Your Body Should Be Doing

How To Swim Front Crawl explained in 2 minutes...

12 Steps To Maximise Your Front Crawl Technique

1.  The body must be kept horizontal, stretched and streamlined, with the face in the water and the eyes looking downwards and slightly forward.

Front crawl body position showing a streamlined shape through the water

2.  The head leads the movement and only turns when a breath is taken.

3.  The leg kick is a continuous movement originating at the hips and should be constant and alternating. 

Front crawl leg kick with relaxed ankles and knees

4.  Toes must be pointed, ankles relaxed, and the knees bend slightly.

5. The feet make a small splash as they kick near the water surface.

6. The fingertips lead the hand entry, entering the water at a point in front of the head, between the shoulder and centre line. 

Front crawl arm action showing pull, elbow bend and recovery.

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7. The hand catches the water, palm down, and then accelerates through the hip's creating an S shape pathway.

8. The arm is taken back over the water in a pathway close to the body, with the head and near the water surface.

9. There should be a breath out into the water as the arm pulls through and the head rolls to the side ready to take a breath in.

Front crawl breathing technique, rolling the head to the side.

10. Breathe inwards quickly as the arm recovers over the water surface, and the face rolls back into the water as the hand enters.

11. Each part of the stroke should complement each other whilst maintaining a balanced and streamlined body position. 

Front crawl stroke technique broken down and made easy to understand

12.  All actions must be smooth and continuous.

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Do You Make These Front Crawl Mistakes?

1. Hold Your Breath - Holding your breath causes carbon dioxide levels in the blood to rise. This results in a sudden and urgent need for oxygen. 

Solution: Exhaling slowly makes inhaling and getting more oxygen into the system much more manageable.

2. Over Use of the Leg Kick - Overuse of the leg kick in an attempt to gain more movement through the water, saps energy, and over long distances can be exhausting. 

Solution: learn proper arm and leg movements for this stroke. The arm action generates almost all of the propulsion and is the most efficient arm action of all strokes. The leg action promotes a horizontal, streamlined body position and balances the arm action but provides little propulsion. 

Fine-tune your technique and iron out those common mistakes by trying out some basic front crawl drills.  Click here to check them out.  

Common Front Crawl Questions and Answers.

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