Important Breathing Techniques That Every Swimmers Should Know

Swimming is one of the most enjoyable and interesting sports that everyone can learn and take part in the sport really easily. One can claim that he knows how to swim but he may not know how to swim effectively and correctly. And one of the most underestimated techniques that hardly anyone pays attention to is the breathing techniques.

Breathing techniques are so important that they could affect your overall performance. Mistakes that people often make while swimming are forgetting breathing and breathing so rapidly. When you make mistakes in breathing, you will see you swim slower and slower, also you will get tired more often, after a few laps only.

Good breathing techniques will help you to swim effectively as well as improving your overall lungs’ performance. Scientists also proved that if you learn breathing properly, you will even lose weight when swimming.

Therefore, in order to improve your performance in swimming, including swimming faster with less energy, you should learn how to breathe properly. 

Common Freestyle Breathing Mistakes

In this article, I will introduce some basic techniques as well as tips about breathing techniques. So have a read and see if you are doing alright or you need to improve your breathing techniques.

  1. Take time to get used to breathing during swimming

This could apply to any other sport. When you just start swimming a few first laps, you should go slowly and remember to breathe normally and steadily so that your body will get into a rhythm.

You should learn how to breathe properly when you are under water and when you are not. Learning how to breathe off water can help you to have a better control before you practice for real scenario.

  1. Practice breathing outside the water.

Try to get into a good rhythm by breathing in deeply for 10 seconds and then breathing out strongly for 10 seconds.

When you get used to that exercise, try to breathe in for 10 seconds, hold your breath for 10 seconds and then breathe out for 10 seconds. Repeat these steps until you feel comfortable and natural when breathing like it.

Practice more and more. Each time, try to prolong the time you hold your breath, from 10 seconds to 20 and 30 seconds.

  1. Warming up in the water.

Freestyle swimmingWhen you get into the water, do not swim immediately. First, you need to bob in the water first. In this activity, you will jump in and out of the water while keeping your breathing normally.

When you jump in, breathe in and hold your breath all the way down under water, where you breathe all out. You should take this exercise for about 5 minutes until you feel comfortable and ready.

One tip that you should remember that you need to breathe all out under the water so that the air is left out completely before your face is appearing above the water.

  1. Breathing while you are swimming

When you are swimming, as I mentioned above about the bob in activities, you need to breathe all out before your face appears above the water level. That will save time that you have to turn in for breathing in and also prevent yourself from breathing too rapidly.

When you finish breathing out, to breathe in, you need to turn your head. The key here is to turn your head as far as you need but not too high and avoid lifting your head up completely out of the water. 

You should try to hold your breath can only turn your heads frequently after about 2 or 3 strokes. This will prevent you from turning frequently and then get tired more easily.

Also remember to change side of your head when you turn for breathing in frequently. That will prevent you from incorrect form and tens muscles on the side you turn to.

That is all that about breathing techniques that I think you should know. Correct breathing techniques bring many benefits to swimmers. It helps them to swim more effectively and longer It also improve your body’s performance and enhance your posture.

Front Crawl Stroke Technique

Remember that correct techniques will take time so be patient with your trainings. You need to practice both under and above water. Learn how to have a good breathing pattern and do not rush when you start to swim. Try to breathe out completely before you turn your head to breathe in. And times after times, try to prolong the holding breath time of up to 20 to 30 seconds. Also make sure that that you can breathe when your head turns both sides.

I hope that you can find these information effectively and informative. I ensure you that after you master your breathing techniques; you will see yourself improve in swimming in a shorter time.