Nov 25, 2016

The Four Basic Competitive Swimming Strokes - Sponsored by Aqua Tots of Southeast Michigan

With Six Metro Detroit Locations to serve you in Canton, Novi, Sterling Heights, Troy, Auburn Hills and Farmington Hills.

Swimming is such a fun activity. Every week Rosa and Carlyn get so excited, they just love swimming at Aqua Tots. Swimming lessons serve multiple purposes for our family. Of coarse, first and foremost is safety in and around water. Second, we love that they enjoy their time in the pool each week, and finally, swimming is a sport which either of them might continue with beyond the water safety component.
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. 


The 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.

More About Aqua-Tots

Teaching kids to swim has been the foundation of Aqua-Tots since they began. And today they still take special care to make sure their swim schools are a welcoming, comfortable and inviting place for kids of all ages at our Detroit area locations including Canton, Novi, Sterling Heights, Troy, Auburn Hills and Farmington Hills. Aqua-Tots Swim Schools of Michigan offers swim classes for babies, toddlers, infants, kids, swim team, adults, and children with special needs at over 70 locations worldwide. With never more than 4 students per swim class, this intimate setting provides a great environment for children learning to swim. Call to schedule your COMPLIMENTARY in water evaluation and tour today.
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