Swim Strokes  

by Pool Builders on 03-19-2010 in Articles

Swim strokes
There are four basic swim strokes, the free style, the breast stroke, butterfly, and back stroke. I have to add a fifth stroke, as I can hardly get from one side of the pool to the other, the doggie paddle.
The freestyle swim stroke, is exactly as the name implies, it is not limited by any particular technique like the other swim strokes. The stroke known as freestyle, which is also known as the front crawl or Australian crawl, has been used since early last century. This is the stroke most people use when they swim for pleasure. In observing people swim you will notice that everyone's free style stroke is very different. Some swimmers look really smooth and glide through the water, while other people splash a lot, and then there is the duffer, who thinks he is doing the freestyle swim stroke, but in actuality he is dog paddling.
The second of the 4 swim strokes is referred to as the breast stroke, you follows strict rules when performing this stroke. Their shoulders must be kept in line with the water, arm and leg movements must be pushed forward together, and brought back under the surface of the water. At the turn and finish, both hands must touch the wall together. No dolphin, scissors or flutter kicks are allowed, nor tumble turns. Wow way too many rules, but to do this swim stroke correctly, one must follow these rules.
When swimming the butterfly stroke, the swimmers must keep their shoulders in line with the surface of the water, and make arms and legs movements are together. They also must not swim underwater, except for the first stroke after the start and each turn. More rules, no wonder people use the freestyle swim stroke as their choice of swim strokes.
The last swim stroke is called the backstroke, and the swimmers remain on their back. Ergo, the name backstroke. The difference is the swimmer does each stroke with his arms, while kicking his legs, on his back. This is a nice swim stroke to watch and if done correctly the swimmer seems to glide effortlessly through the water.
Swim strokes are not really necessary for anyone to have a good time in the water, but most people enjoy swimming, no matter what stroke they use, freestyle, breast, back, or butterfly. Swimming is an excellent exercise and a good way for anyone who is disabled to exercise safely.
If you would like to learn how to swim or use the swim strokes we mentioned correctly, may we suggest you call your local YMCA. The Y has on-going classes and special classes to teach your little ones, even your 1 year old, how to swim and be safe in the water. Your little guy may not be able to do all of the swim strokes, but he or she will learn to be safe in the water. Who knows, you may have a budding gold medalists in your family.

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