If you want to learn how to swim well, you must definitely answer the question: which style of swimming should you start learning first? But what if you go from zero and have no experience to know which one is best for you? Perhaps the results depend on what style you like best when watching other people swim. In this article, we will share some analysis based on personal experience, hoping to partly help you make an easier and more accurate choice.
In competition there are 4 types of swimming techniques:
Freestyle or front-crawl
Athletes certainly have their own professional training program, not covered here. Just talking about amateur high school swimmers. Let’s get started, ranked in descending order of popularity:
The style of swimming is most taught to beginners and is also the most common that can be found in all swimming pools. Of course, it should be understood by default that the common frog swimming style, the vegetative frog to distinguish it from “breaststroke” (competition standard). Essentially it is similar in basic technique but cutting or reducing the difficult, laborious movements, of course, sacrifices the speed of the swimming style.
The fastest, most economical swimming style over long distances. Most commonly used in open-water swimming (outside natural rivers and lakes) or marathon swimming competitions. The reason is when swimming stride, the body keeps straight horizontally, the center of gravity is less up and down, the shaft is straight. The beginners start with swimming stride after breaststroke.
Thus, front-crawl strokes have many interesting points, but also more difficult to conquer. If you choose to start with front-crawl swimming, make it clear what this style is all about. Lack of fitness is a problem for many women with weak limbs. Men often experience stiffness, especially those with seniority in sports that do not develop joint muscle flexibility. Those factors can make the stride swimming learning process much longer and more difficult.
The hardest, most beautiful swim style and requires the most fitness and technique. The charm of butterfly swimming lies in the combination of complex but powerful movements. Therefore, almost no one chooses to learn this style of swimming first but often conquers last. Once you’ve mastered at least one other swimming style for the foundation.
In a nutshell, butterfly swimming is a difficult swimming style, with almost no application outside of competition. In an emergency or want to experience swimming in the wild, it is difficult to use this complicated and laborious style of swimming.
The swimming style is very similar to the technical stumbling block, instead of lying on your stomach, you will lie on your back (vice versa). The flutter kick swing and flutter kick are similar to crawling.
Although swimming upside down, the nose and mouth are always above the water, but for beginners, it is easy to get water spilled into the nose. Navigating in the backstroke is also difficult when you’re just looking at the ceiling. Not being able to see ahead can cause psychological anxiety, causing collisions. Therefore, backstroke swimming seldom gets the first choice of study, but moves on to when it is mastered to swim tummy.
When faced with dangerous underwater situations, backstroke is considered a survival skill. However, it is the type of lying on the back, swimming freely backside, not necessarily the correct technique of swimming backstroke competition. Because the nose and mouth are kept above the water surface, with very little force, you can wave your limbs and legs.
Breaststroke: easiest to learn, many choose to get started. Can swim for long (long distances) but slowly, difficult to improve speed.
So, if you want to try all the swimming styles, you can refer to the sequential path: frog – stride – butterfly – back. However, if you like to crawl because of its superiority, starting from here is perfectly reasonable. Butterfly swimming and backstroke swimming for most swimmers is not as important as the two types above.