As you begin taking swimming lessons you are going to learn a number of different strokes. There is the breaststroke, butterfly stroke and the backstroke. When taking swimming classes, one of the first strokes you will learn is freestyle swimming. This is a swim style that most swimmers chose to swim front crawl because it is the fastest technique, but there are no real regulations on how it should be swam.
The easiest way to learn this swim is with practice and by attending some kind of swimming school. It allows you to actually see how to go through the movements and perfect each stride. To give you an idea of how to swim freestyle, here are some tips to get you started.
The first tip is to draw a line down the center of your body from the chin to the chest; metaphorically speaking of course. You will use this as a basis for how your whole body should rotate in the water while extending horizontally in the direction you are swimming.
It is important you keep your legs straight with your toes pointed out while freestyle swimming. You will build up your leg muscles with this type of swim as you want to kick up and down continuously the entire time. This is what makes this particular swim so propelling with the force of your arms and legs going at full speed the entire time.
As for your arms, your swimming lessons will show you that you need to move them in a windmill motion opposite of each other. As one arm is extended out, you want the other one to be as far back as possible. Keep the opposite arm pretty much against the side of your body.
While your arms are rotating like a windmill, you want to keep your hands flat and thumbs separated from the index finger. This will allow you to pull the extended arm through the water with force and speed. When doing this, bend your arm where the elbow is and bring your fingertips right against that line down the center.
From there, swimming classes will teach you to lift your other arm out of the water and place it forward where the first arm was. Make sure you bend your elbow and drag the fingertips along the water.
Throughout the entire process of freestyle swimming you will want to breathe on one side of the body simply by turning your head to the side as your arm comes out of the water. The amount of times you breathe will depend on your skill-level and whether or not you are competing. You may take breaths every time one particular arm goes around or you can wait two or three times for the arm to go around.