Swimming Strokes and Styles (part 4)

7. The Combat Side Stroke

It is one form of the sidestroke which all American Navy SEALs have to pick up. Energy-saving and efficient, this combat side stroke is considered one kind of a blend of breaststroke, sidestroke, and freestyle. It decreases the profile of the swimmer in the water, thus making them less noticeable while letting them swim with optimal efficiency–two main criteria for combat operations that ask for swimming on the surface. Here, you will pay attention to rotation, length, and balance. The combat side stroke is one pretty complicated stroke for learning, so be patient.

2. Trudgen

It evolved from the previously mentioned sidestroke as well as being named after the swimmer from England, John Trudgen. Here, you swim mostly on the side, thus alternating lifting each of your arms out of the water as well as over the head. It leverages one scissor kick, which only comes in each other stroke. As the left arm is over the head, you will spread the legs apart for preparing to kick, and next, when your arm comes down, you will straighten the legs as well as snapping them one another for the scissor kick. It is a unique stroke as your head stays above the water entirely.

Your Basic Skills of Swimming

Five skills are essential for swimmers to know:

– Gliding with the face in the water

– Breathing technique

– The way of coordinating different body parts during movement

– Diving

– Stroke styles/swimming techniques

How to Become a Good Swimmer

Like any sport, the best method of improving or becoming truly great is with diligence and practice. Joining swimming lessons may be one great place, to begin with, regardless of your skill level or age. And most importantly, you can enjoy as much time as possible in the water!