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Swimming Technique - Starts, Turns, and Strokes for Swimmers

Suggestions for swimmers to help become more efficient, learn new skills, or develop your old ones.
  1. Breast and Fly (6)
  2. Free and Back Technique Tips (30)
  3. Help for Novice Swimmers (19)
  4. IM or Individual Medley (1)
  5. Start and Turn Technique (13)

Swim Faster by Slowing Down and Losing the Bubbles
Air bubbles on your hands while you swim will slow you down. Learn how to get rid of the bubbles and swim faster.

SwimTempo Training for Swimmers
Sure, technique can always get better with more skill training, but you already have decent swimming technique and feel like you are in good physical condition for swimming. What else can you do to improve your swimming speed? How about working on swimming tempo?

Swimmers Distance per Stroke Swimming
Ideas for swimmers on being more efficient in your swimming.

10 Steps for Swimmers to Improve Open Water Swimming
As technical as the sport of triathlon and open water swimming can be, it is tough to narrow down the answer to the often-asked question, "what should I concentrate on to become better at open water swimming?" Here is a "top ten" list of steps for swimmers to improve their open water swimming. These could go a long way in helping you achieve...

Developing a Swimmer's Early Vertical Forearm Position
Underwater videos give coaches a chance to analyze the propulsive swim techniques of world class swimmers. One of the many propulsive techniques a swim coach can see is an Early Vertical Forearm (EFV) arm position of the swimmers. Many coaches believe that a swimmer's acquisition of an effective EVF is a vital component to swimming success at...

Faster Swimming With an Early Vertical Forearm Position in All Strokes
It’s simple, if you want to swim faster, improve your propulsion! Effective propulsion revolves around an Early Vertical Forearm (EVF) position. This vital component of swimming is the engine of a swimmer and research accompanied by new EVF training technology will be changing the way they train.

Getting More With Less: Distance Per Stroke
What is distance per stroke (DPS) for a swimmer? Think of it as getting more distance for each swimming cycle through increased efficiency, not by reaching further in front or pushing further in back.

GoSwim Swimming Drill Videos
View the GoSwim Swimming videos, stroke-specific swim videos and drills.

How do the swim so fast? Evolving freestyle technique
How did de Bruijn, van den Hoogenband, Klim, Torres, and the rest swim so fast in the 2000 Olympics? How are swimmers continuing to get faster - and what will we see in Greece at the 2004 Olympics?

Is there an easy way to be a faster swimmer?
How important is a streamline to a swimmer? I think it can make a world of difference, particularly in a short-course setting, since streamlines and the idea of reducing drag can be applied to starts, swimming, and turns.

Swimming and Golfing - Lessons from One Can Help the Other
I can't help but notice the similarities between learning to golf and learning to swim. Both are finesse sports that require large amounts of concentration and practice to get right, and it is unnecessary (and ill-advised) to gain great amounts of strength to make major improvements in either sport. Let's look at some specific ways golfing is...

Swimming Efficiency - Play Golf!
To learn how to get more out of each stroke, play a game of Golf! This simple swimming drill will help swimmers develop better swimming technique, improved efficiency, and sense of pace.

Swimming Fast -- It's all in your head... position
Swimmers, the way you position your head while you swim can have a huge effect on technique and how fast you swim. Head position can make your swimming technique fast or it can make your swimming slow. Swimming with your head up or down - which is fast, and why? Or are both good, but in different situations? Head position, body position, and balance are all related to fast swimming.

When Swimming, Should You Blow Bubbles?
Here are a few tips on how to breathe while swimming that might help you during your next workout.

Five Faster Swimming Tips
What can you do to swim better? These tips can help you find ways to be a better, faster swimmer.

Share Your Favorite Freestyle Swimming Drills
If you have a favorite swimming drill, you can share it with others here. What are swimming drills? Specific, focused swimming techniques aimed at making part of your stroke better. Do a drill to learn, refine, or re-enforce some part of your swim technique

Swimming Stroke Progressions for Backstroke, Butterfly, and Freestyle
A swimming stroke progression is a way to build the parts of a stroke into the whole stroke. These are some examples for freestyle, backstroke, and butterfly.

Improve Your Swim Technique
What is a common difference between good and poor swimmers? Technique!

When Does a Swimmer Catch Water, and When Does a Swimmer Release the Water?
When you catch when you release the water makes the difference between fast and slow swimming.

Emphasize a Swimmer's Pull or Kick to Swim Fast?
A reader asked the question "What's more important, a strong pull or a strong kick? Take a look at my answer...

Tempo Training in Swimming
Besides refining your swim technique, you could refine your swimming rhythm or tempo to become a better swimmer.

About 10 Things You Can Do to be a Better Swimmer
There are many things that you can do to swim better. This to do list of 10 ways to swim better could help any swimmer improve in the water.

About Flip Turns
Swim to the wall. Turn around. Swim to the other wall. Turn around again. There are lots of ways to do that turn, but competitive swimmers all use flip turns - they are faster and, once learned, easier than open turns. They also give swimmers a little more confidence in themselves, and in their ability to hold their breath.

About Ideas on Improving Swimming Technique
Teaching swimming technique is not an easy task. Nevertheless it seems to be precisely technique which separates a good swimmer from a poor one. So what exactly are these problems which it is so difficult for the coach to solve in training technique?

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