There are a number of things that you must be aware of to breathe correctly in freestyle. Gary Barclay provides you with key information on how to breathe correctly in freestyle.
Hi, I’m Gary Barclay and I’m going to talk to you about breathing correctly in freestyle. For more swimming freestyle tips go to Improve Your 50m Freestyle.
I guess the first thing is to make sure that when you’re blowing out underwater, that you blow all the air out before you turn your head to breathe. Once you turn your head to breathe, all you want to do is take a big breath in, and then turn your head back down and blow out again.
The problem arises if you haven’t blown all the air out, you turn your head to breathe, you blow out, breathe in, blow out, and breathe in again, and it can take a long time to breathe. So particularly for younger swimmers, make sure that you blow all your air out, and then turn your head to breathe in, and then turn it straight back down.
Another area in regards to breathing correctly is when a swimmer is breathing, they turn to the side to breathe, and they may look too far up, and that throws the body right out of alignment. So when you turn to breathe, just turn your head to the side, so that your ear’s still in the water, and so that the corner of your mouth is in the water as well. And that way, you won’t throw your body out of alignment.
The last thing, in regards to breathing correctly, is to make sure that when you turn your head back into the water, if you turn it from the side back in straight, like that there, be careful you don’t turn it and then turn too far past the midline. So make sure that your head stays back in the midline, and you don’t turn it too far past the midline. If you do that, you’ll start snaking up and down the pool, and that’s the last thing we want in freestyle.