Swimming Strokes and Styles (part 3)

5. The Sidestroke

It is known as a conventional swimming style which is not often used in the swimming competition, yet is still a significant stroke you should learn for many safety reasons. Lifeguards often use it when rescuing someone, since the stroke lets you pull many things along with you. It has to do with swimming on your side, using a scissor kick to propel yourself forward as well as alternating your arm movements. This stroke is simple to learn, and can probably be a great break from the strokes that are more popular if you want to add some more variety into the routine.

To remember this stroke, you can compare it to apple picking. The first arm should stretch above the head as well as picking an apple. Next, the hands should meet in front of the chest. Your first arm will hand the apple to your second arm (the body’s side, which is on top as well as being partly out of the water). Your second arm should reach out for tossing the apple behind you since your first arm reaches above the head for another apple.

6. The Elementary Backstroke

It is considered a variation from the common backstroke. It makes use of one reversed breaststroke kick when the arms work to move in sync below the water. It is called so owing to its simple way which is easy to learn, and tends to be among the first strokes people teach you.

In case you do not know, this stroke is usually taught to kids using several fun nicknames for the movement’s parts. First and foremost, bring the hands to the armpits similarly to a monkey. Then, spread the arms like one aeroplane. Next, follow with pushing them down to the sides. Good luck!