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Ultimate Swimmer Technique Tips

Updated: May 30, 2023

The habit of striving for ultimate technique


If you don’t have it: Change your angles; fix head, shoulder, elbow and hip position.

Take action: Do drills and watch video feedback.


  1. Streamline Position: Maintain a streamlined position by keeping your body straight and reducing drag. Tuck your chin into your chest, keep your arms close to your ears, and keep your legs close together.

  2. Breathing: Practice bilateral breathing (breathing on both sides) to help improve your swimming technique and reduce imbalances. Make sure to exhale underwater and inhale quickly and fully when your head is above water.

  3. Kick Technique: Use a six-beat kick technique (three kicks per arm stroke) to help maintain balance and stability in the water. Make sure to keep your feet pointed and your ankles relaxed.

  4. Arm Technique: Use a high elbow recovery technique to increase your stroke rate and reduce drag. Keep your elbow high and your hand close to your body during the recovery phase.

  5. Body Rotation: Rotate your body from your hips and shoulders to increase your power and efficiency. Make sure to initiate the rotation from your hips and keep your head in a neutral position.

  6. Starts and Turns: Practice starts and turns to improve your efficiency and speed. Make sure to maintain a streamlined position during the start and initiate the turn with a strong arm pull and kick.

  7. Mental Preparation: Mental preparation is key to successful swimming performance. Visualize yourself swimming with perfect technique, use positive self-talk, and stay focused on your goals.

By implementing these technique tips, swimmers can improve their performance, reduce the risk of injury, and achieve their goals in the water. Remember to prioritize technique as part of your overall training strategy to help you perform at your best.

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