Figure out the fundamentals of Freestyle swimming, from the stroke to the kick. Try to take a breath every third stroke by turning your head and pressing your ear to your shoulder. This technique is known as bilateral breathing.
Perfect your backstroke with these tips. Head position is critical in this stroke, be sure to keep your ears slightly below the surface of the water. After raising your hand and arm out of the water make sure that your hand reenters pinky first in order to push through the water effectively.
Get a feel for how the Breaststroke is really done. Learn to keep your glide completely underwater and how to frog kick properly. Although rather slow, this stroke, once mastered, is great for increasing endurance in the water.
Flying through the water is hard work – improve your technique and power with these tips on the Butterfly, arguably the most challenging stroke in professional swimming.
The Flip Turn
Learn the essential Flip Turn with Coach Jeff Pease and Ed Moses. Whether you’re racing and need to shave precious time off your turn or you just want a smoother way to turn for your next length, the Flip Turn is a classic way to slice through the water faster.
Swim Drills from Team Speedo
The Mini Pull Breaststroke Drill
Coach Cyndi Gallagher and swimmer Ed Moses demonstrate a drill meant to perfect your Breaststroke by improving your form and maximizing your energy.
The Head Lead Body Drill
Featuring Coach Jeff Pease and Jessica Hardy, this video shows you the proper technique of the Dolphin Kick, preparing you for the Butterfly. Be sure to use your chest and hips in the Dolphin Kick, not just your head and feet.
The Fingertip Drag Drill
Swimmer Dana Vollmer demonstrates while Coach Jeff Pease explains the Fingertip Drag drill. Become accustomed to keeping your elbows high during Freestyle by practicing this drill.
The Fist Swim Drill
Dave Salo explains how Jessica Hardy is focusing on using her forearms rather than her hands during a stroke. To get an even better feel for it, hold tennis balls or wiffle balls in your hands instead of keeping them clenched in fists. Alternatively, grab swim paddles with your fingers, holding them against your forearms to help accentuate the correct elbow position.
The Sculling Drill
Teri McKeever and Jessica Hardy explain how to gain a better understanding of the relationship between your forearms and hands, as well as moving forward through the water with this drill. If you want to, use a pull buoy to help keep your hips up while your arms do the work in this exercise.