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How and When To Breathe For Each Swimming Stroke - Plus, How To Teach Outstanding Swimming Lessons

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Are you getting out of breath long before you think you should be? Which breathing technique is the right one for you? Also, swimming teachers, the definitive guide to teaching outstanding swimming lessons is here. Grab your copy today!

Hi, Mark here. I hope all is well with you.

This week we are talking about breathing techniques. I've been asked a lot of questions lately about breathing techniques. Questions like how, when, how often and why do I get out of breath so easily? Let's dive in and take a look at the hows and whens of breathing for each stroke.

Swimming Breathing Technique

Front Crawl

Trickle breathing is best for front crawl breathing. Letting the air out slowly is the most comfortable way of exhaling. Breathing every 3 arm pulls, alternating sides is ideal but breathing every stroke to the same side works just as well for some swimmers. Whichever breathing pattern you start with, be prepared to change it as you use more energy to swim. Click here for more on this breathing technique.


Trickle breathing again but this time every stroke is best. Lift the head to inhale as you pull around with your arms, or 'pull your head up'. Exhale long and gradually into the glide, or 'blow your hands forwards'. Click here for more on this breathing technique.


The easiest swimming stroke to breathe during because you are facing upwards and can more or less breathe normally. However, inhaling with one arm pull and then exhaling with the other is a good way of establishing a steady rhythm. Click here for more on this breathing technique.


Explosive breathing for an explosive stroke. Trickle breathing is possible if you take a new breathing every second arm pull. For beginners though, this is not always easy to maintain and breathing every stroke is usually then performed. Click here for more on this breathing technique.

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