Breathing in swimming
Whatever your level of skill, breathing is a technical factor that you need to work at. Breathing properly guarantees a good position in the water and tires you out much less. Learning to breathe is made up of two main phases: breathing in and breathing out. You need to quickly breathe in so the least possible disruption is caused to the horizontal position and the balance of the swimming stroke. Depending on the swimming stroke, it is done on the side (crawl), or ahead (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke). To make your inhale as effective as possible, you must firstly fully exhale all the air in your lungs. The exhale is therefore longer and deeper than the inhale. Lastly the breathing must be coordinated with the arm and leg movement to ensure swim stroke stability.