This is the last in the little series of lessons I hope you have enjoyed them and found them to be of some help.
In this stage we will make sure they can do catch up correctly then show how to change the timing to resemble the freestyle you would recognise from the Olympics. Then show you additional drills to help improve this basic skills.
There are 4 basic stages to developing this skill
1. Catch up arms with breathing
It is essential that your young athlete can swim 15m of catchup freestyle before you introduce them to conventional freestyle. Beginner freestyle develops the core and ensure the body is strong enough to kick and stroke at same time while maintaining good technique.
2. Conventional freestyle
3. How to use flippers/bilateral breathing
We would advocate the use of flippers at this stage as a tool to help with stroke development but be careful they don’t become dependant on them and develop a lazy kicking action
4. Training to refine the stroke
Focus on the small things, body position, kicking and breathing. Make sure they are done correctly
Enjoy your swimming.