Swimming Snorkels And Swim Practice Go Together Like Peanut Butter And Jelly

by Pool Builders on 09-07-2010 in Articles

One of the most common question novice swimmers me ask is this: How can I go faster for a longer period of time?

There are obviously multiple answers to this question. But one answer that applies to both is simple: Play with a snorkel in the pool!

Not just any snorkel though. Consider buying a swimming snorkel! Swimming snorkels are designed differently from most snorkels because they run along the front of your head rather than the side. A swimming snorkel allows you to swim freestyle without having to turn your head to breathe.

So how does swimming with a swimming snorkel help you go faster for a longer period of time?

The simple act of turning your head to breath causes many novice swimmers to twist and contort there bodies in ways that create additional resistance. As a result, it is difficult to maintain the rigid body line swimmers need to maximize their speed. Further, swimmers who fail to maintain a rigid body line are likely to tire far more quickly because they are using their energy in a very inefficient manner.

Swimming with a swimming snorkel allows you practice maintaining a rigid body line. By learning what this feels like, you can tell immediately when you break the rigid body line by turning your head to breathe and modify your breathing technique accordingly. In short, by practicing with a swimming snorkel, you can improve your self-awareness in the water. Over the long term, this will allow you to swim with better technique, and, yes, swim faster for longer periods of time.

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