Advanced progression : Bilateral breathing

Bilateral breathing in freestyle, ie breathing to alternate sides, normally every 3 strokes:

  • Desirable (not essential) skill
  • Introduce when basic stroke and breathing are well learned


SUGGESTED STEPS 

Practice unilateral breathing on non preferred side 

TEACHING POINTS

Drills (eg. catch up to board) may be useful

SUGGESTED STEPS 

Practice timing for bilateral breathing

     Leaning forward (waist deep or on land)

    Walking (waist deep)

    Swimming

TEACHING POINTS

Relate timing of breath to the recovery of each arm:

  • stroke (recovery) – breathe
  • stroke – blow
  • stroke – blow
  • stroke – breathe. 

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