We are often asked about swim technique so we have trawled the internet to find you some useful advice.

First up is Freestyle where we found this set of videos by American coach Mary Jo who explains the five basic drills taking you towards your perfect technique.

Ensure you use the full movement of your arm; stretching fully at the beginning of your stroke and extending all the way back to thumb your thigh at the end.

You can also practice these drills with short fins which make them a bit easier over a 50m distance.

SWIM DRILL 1 – Body Balance

SWIM DRILL 2 – Side Body Balance

SWIM DRILL 3 – Six Beat Switch

SWIM DRILL 4 – Catch Up

SWIM DRILL 5 – Finger Tip Drag

Please let us know how you get on.

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