Swim England - Tips to improve your front crawl technique


Swim England’s experts have got you covered to help you develop your front crawl technique with some brilliant videos and pointers to work on when you next visit the swimming pool.

There’s four videos to watch, including improving your front crawl breathing, perfecting your body position in the water, sharpening your kick and honing your arm technique.

All to help you achieve your Swimathon challenge in 2019. 


Improving Your Front Crawl Breathing 

Front Crawl Breathing Tips

  • The breath cycle is commonly every three or five arm strokes
  • Make sure you exhale under the water and try not to hold your breath. It may be a trickle (gentle and continuous) or explosive (all in one go). It can be through your mouth, nose or a combination of the two.
  • The head stays in the bow wave, and smoothly turns to one side, not lifting forwards, to inhale as the body rotates. As the body starts to rotate to one side, the arm on the same side will pass by your side.
  • The bow wave will create a trough or pocket of air for you to breathe into, protecting your mouth and nose from the water.
  • As you turn your head, keep your opposite arm extended in front of you and in line with your shoulder. It will be about 20-30 cm under the water with your elbow higher than your wrist. Your wrist higher than your finger tips.
  • As you see your hand coming over the top of the water (on the same side), start to rotate your body back to horizontal. Your head rotates in line with your body.
  • As the body starts to rotate back into the water, the hand that is extended out in front will now start the pull phase.
  • Your face returns to the water before your hand does.
  • Try to keep the rhythm of your stroke unaffected by breathing.

Read more on improving your front crawl breathing on the Swim England website here