How To Breathe When Swimming | Freestyle Swimming For Beginners

– We do this 24 hours a
day, seven days a week, so why is breathing suddenly so difficult when we get in the water? Now breathing and sinking legs are the two most common problems that
swimmers actually face. – Yeah so today we’re gonna look at tips of how to make you breathe
a lot easier in the water and almost make it as natural as it is when you’re on land doing activities. So let’s start off from where
it can all go really wrong. When you take in that big gulp of air and try and hold onto it, your body really doesn’t
react to that well. – Yeah weirdly, holding your
breath actually makes you feel like you’re more desperate for air cause the buildup of carbon
dioxide in your lungs and blood will trick your mind. So once you’ve taken that breath, start exhaling as soon as
your face is back in the water and there should be a
constant stream of bubbles known as trickle breathing. – So how do you get that breath in? So when you’re swimming
you want to stay streamline as possible but then tilt
your head just enough that you can get that breath in. – Yeah, it’s about the
timing so when your arm is going just past your head,
that’s when you should be rotating on the opposite side to breathe. Now the key is to not turn your
head too far like Mark said so ideally you just want to
look to the side of the pool or at Mark, preferably, not up at the sky. Well that’s probably
enough of us talking about what you should be doing, let’s get on to how you should do it. So we’ve broken it down into some drills and we’re gonna start
off by taking the stroke right back to the basics and just the kick but don’t panic if you struggle on kick. Just pop some fins on and
you’ll find this exercise easy. This is a really straightforward one. It’s gonna be a side kick with
your arms down by your side. If you’re swimming along
next to the wall I want you just to be facing the wall
and then turning your head slightly to breathe and
then you can flip round to make sure you do it on
the other side coming back. – So six kicks, one stroke. You’re basically gonna take one stroke and then kick six times on one side and that’s to teach you constant breathing on the surface of the water before taking another
stroke and switching sides. – Well now just starting to
build the stroke back up, you can add in one arm. There’s quite a few variations of this. You can start off with
one arm out in front, you’re swimming just
say with your right arm breathing to the right side but then to make it a little bit harder put your left arm down by your side, keep swimming with your
right, breathing on this side but then when you’ve got that mastered you can actually rotate to the other side and breathe over there as you
would when you’re swimming. – So the 3-5-7 drill is
a great way to practise bilateral breathing, so you’re
gonna take three strokes then breathe to the right, five
strokes breathe to the left, seven strokes, breathe to the right again. By the seventh stroke you’re
gonna feel a little bit out of breath and it’s gonna replicate that hypoxic training like
lack of oxygen that you get in the open water from time
to time but then don’t worry, you’re back into three strokes then again. So sink downs or sinking
mushrooms are a technique where you roll yourself
up into a little ball and then trickle breathe
the oxygen from your lungs really slowly as you sink
down to the bottom of the pool but this makes you relax and
get used to letting oxygen out really really slowly. – Basically the key to efficient breathing is trying to stay as relaxed as possible. If you follow these
drills you will be amazed at how quickly it can
become second nature. – If you enjoyed this
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