You might have a young swimmer too, so we just wanted to share the Four Basic Competitive Swimming strokes with you, so you can relate to what they are learning in class.
Freestyle - Front Crawl
The Front Crawl is the most well known and easiest competitive swimming stroke. It is performed with the face down and the swimmer is always looking at the bottom of the pool, unless they are looking to the side to take a breath. Arms alternate into the water while the legs flutter kick.
Fun Fact: The term "freestyle" refers to the category of swimming competition where swimmers have the most freedom as to their choice of swimming method and style. Swimmers almost always choose the front crawl, so much so that freesytle and front crawl have become synonymous.
The breaststroke is performed while the swimmer is on their stomach with their face in the water. The arms work in a cyclical patterns together while the legs to a frog kick and the head bobs in and out of the water.
Fun Fact: The Breaststroke is often called the "frog" stroke because the movements somewhat mimic a frog swimming in the water.
BackstrokeThe backstroke is quite often the first stroke that is learned after floating on the back is mastered. Is is completed by pulling the arms straight out of the water by your side with the thumbs up and then moving your arm toward your head, flipping your hand to pinky first. When your hand hits the water, this is where the work of moving the water is done, when the arm is moved just under the plane of the water back to the side of the body. Arms rotate in this fashion while the legs flutter kick.
Fun Fact: The backstroke was introduced to the Olympics in 1900 which took place in Paris and was a men's 200 meter race.
The butterfly is the hardest of the four basic strokes to perform. A swimmer moves through the water, face down, moving both arms and legs simultaneously. The arms move in a circular path together while the legs perform a dolphin kick.
Fun Fact: The Butterfly is the newest competition swimming style, first swum in 1933 and developed from the breaststroke.