Kw-logo-smaller

How to Breathe While Swimming

One of the most important skills in swimming is learning how to breathe correctly.
Swimming and Breathing

Improving your breathing while swimming will help your performance. Kidzworld teaches you how to maximize your O2 while you are in the H20!

The Importance of Breathing

Swimming is a very physically demanding sport, so you need to maximize your energy as much as possible. Being able to breathe efficiently is vital in swimming because you will be slowed down if you are not doing it correctly. Your fatigue will affect your rhythm, technique and, if you are swimming competitively, your time. They say the most important skill in swimming isn't your stroke or kick, but rather your breathing. There are many techniques in competitive swimming where you follow a breathing pattern. For example, taking a breath every four strokes or eight strokes, etc. Although we won't get into specific breathing patterns, here are a few general things you can do to breathe more efficiently in the water.

Tips

  • As you start to put your face in the water, release a little air from your nose to prevent water from going through your nose.
  • Keep your mouth closed whenever your face in under water.
  • One of the biggest mistakes people do is trying to exhale and inhale at the same time. There is not enough time to do both. So right before your face emerges from the water should exhale in the water in the form of bubbles, then inhale as much as possible when your head comes out of the water.
  • Make sure you are rolling to the side to breathe. In order to prevent sucking in water, make sure you aren't sinking when you breathe - take your breath on your upward motion.
  • Keep a rhythm when you are swimming. If you don't have a rhythm, then your breathing pattern will be inconsistent causing you to get tired more easily.
  • Keep your body relaxed. When your body is not in panic mode, you will breathe easier and your body will perform better.
Related Stories:

readers voted!

Comments

Emogurl4life

Emogurl4life wrote:

Me too bright yellow
commented: Fri Feb 07, 2014

JennyD

JennyD wrote:

I know how to swim!!
commented: Thu Aug 15, 2013

BrightYellow

BrightYellow wrote:

I was practily born in water. smile
commented: Mon Jul 15, 2013

there are 16 more comments

Please login or register to add comments


like this article?
Sign up now to get more just like it!

latest videos

Poll

Favorite Swimsuit Style?

  • Bikini.
  • Tankini.
  • Skirtini.
  • One piece.

related stories

Micro_swimming pool games_micro
Summer is finally here and lots of you are heading to the pool to have fun! If you want to have e...
Micro_a micro
With winter comes a little wackiness. There’s blizzards, icicles, frostbite, and you might get br...
Micro_d micro
It’s the World Series! Well of course not for baseball… but now there is a World Series of Diving...

Sports in the forums

EaglesFan
EaglesFan posted in Baseball:
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
reply 7 minutes
TheLeadWizzle2
"Whaaaat" wrote:My position is RM and I hav 2 sit quite deep but my starting position is quite high the I move back. The highest I go is about the middle of the pitch :p :p :p So basically you play more of an attacking right midfield? That's interesting.  I'm guessing you play a 4-2-3-1 ? I play RM and LM. I'm a Box to box midifielder though. I rarely go through to the middle and I play wide.
reply about 6 hours
TheLeadWizzle2
"soccasta" wrote:I play GK and I am #1 I can play defense but I have been playing keep 4 a long time and is my teams only keeper so I like to tick in goal who is ur fav pro team My favorite team is Manchester United.   
reply about 6 hours
ows_ali123
ows_ali123 posted in Dance:
i do indian , but i like to learn hip hop
reply 1 day
Macbarbie09
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (my Math teacher loves that team) Penn State Nittany Lions (My friends love that team)   [s:p/zsw] WE ARE PENN STATE! 
reply 2 days

play online games

Valantine-day-crossword-thumb

Valentine's Day is almost here! Time for candy, hearts, flowers, love and, of co...

Goodgameempire-thumb

Goodgame Empire is a great strategy title by Goodgame Studios. Build your own ca...

Black-history-month-crossword-pre

Black History Month is a time to celebrate the amazing contributions of African ...

Big-farm-thumb

Uncle George has left you his farm, but unfortunately it’s in pretty bad shape. ...

Candy-cash-thumb

Candy's got her candies into a terrible mess, can you help her to sort them out?

Candy-100

A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

_thumb_100x100

Bloons 2 is here! A worthy and awesome sequel at last to our original Bloons gam...

Frostbox_100x100

Explore the world or hang out with friends in your own condo. Get a unique look,...