To swim freestyle easily, it is important to have a smooth breathing pattern during the freestyle stroke. Here are some step by step exercises to improve your breathing pattern. 

Today we look at a simple and effective dryland neck stretch combined with in-water drills to focus the swimmers head to provide a better streamline while swimming Freestyle.


Breaststroke, Butterfly, Backstroke

A smooth breathing pattern is critically import. The swimmers head rotates in an “up and down” motion.  Let’s look an example of Breaststroke breathing.

These effective stretches target the swimmer’s neck. We combine these stretches with in-water drills to focus on improving the breathing pattern.

This breathing drill featuring head “up and down” rotation has positive correlation to  butterfly and backstroke.