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Swim Breaststroke Fast

Breaststroke has little relationship to freestyle, backstroke or butterfly.  In breaststroke, the limbs work simultaneously and symmetrically, not alternately like the other three competitive strokes.  Unlike the other strokes, there is also no above water recovery of the arms.

To swim breaststroke efficiently and fast swimmers must firstly use correct technique.

  • Correct breaststroke technique includes:
  • starting each stroke in the correct body position,
  • ensuring the swimmer uses the correct arm stroke pattern,
  • ensuring the swimmer uses the correct leg kick pattern,
  • developing correct timing of the arms and legs in relation to each other
  • developing correct timing of the breathing in relation to the arm pull and leg kick

Breaststroke Questions

Having Trouble With Breaststroke

QUESTION: Hi Gary Not sure if you can help but I have an 11 year old daughter who is having trouble with breaststroke. She has made State Age Championships for 50,100,200 freestyle, 100 & 200 backstroke and butterfly however has not qualified for any breaststroke events. She swam on the weekend and did a PB […]

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How can my daughter improve her breaststroke?

Jo’s 12 year old daughter is a good breaststroke swimmer. Jo is looking for some advice on how she can improve some aspects of her breaststroke swimming. Her daughter has a problem picking up her stroke rate compared with the other girls in her age group. In fact some times she does two strokes to […]

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Correct breathing in breaststroke

Learning to breathe at the correct time in breaststroke is very important for swimmers of all ages. To breathe at the correct time in breaststroke, it is important to develop correct timing of breathing in relations to your arms stroke and your leg kick. Begin with your arms straight out in front of your body […]

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How to fix a screw kick in Breaststroke

QUESTION: Hi I’m a swimming coach, in lessons I got to many kids that got their screw leg in breast stroke,and in the swimming club i got around 4 kids, i have done a lot of research about the breaststroke legs and it helps, but it is a big headache that it is not working on […]

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How to improve my 50m breaststroke time?

QUESTION: Hello Gary My name is Sam and I am from this cold place called Ontario in Canada. I am a high school Breaststroker and I need to drop 1.4 seconds in 2 and a half months in 50m breaststroke short course to get a school record and make it to provincial A final. I go […]

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What is the best knee width in Breaststroke?

QUESTION: Hi Gary, My daughter is 12 years and has recently begun competitive swimming. My question is what is the optimum knee width for breaststroke? Thx Lamar ANSWER: Hi Lamar, In breaststroke, the knees will come apart to a width slightly wider than the shoulders as the legs are recovering and preparing to kick backwards. […]

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How to fix Breaststroke kick so both legs do the same?

QUESTION: Hi Gary I am a swimming teacher and also the parent of a keen swimming son.  I have recently started reading your book swimming for parents which I  am finding very interesting. I have a 10 year old student who is struggling with breaststroke.  She is an excellent freestyle and backstroke swimmer, but when […]

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