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Here are the official olympics strokes defined and decribed:


The Freestyle


This is the most recognized of swimming strokes and first to learn, as it incorporates all the essential swimming techniques needed for all strokes. Freestyle refers to "any style", and in competitive swimming places no restrictions on what action the competitors use, except during the freestyle portion of medley swimming. In practice, almost all freestyle events are swum using front crawl. Events are held at distances of 50 m, 100 m, 200 m, 400 m, 800 m and 1500 m. Events are held in yards at distances of 50 y, 100 y, 200 y, 500 y, 1000 y, and 1650 y.

Two Principals of Freestyle:

1. Body position – Head, hips & feet at surface, streamlined. The Zip Fin will help achieve correct body position at the surface of the water.

2. Lengthening of the Body – While keeping one arm out front, rolling your torso from side to side will allow body position to stretch to maximum length and lead to less body resistance in the water.


The Butterfly stroke


The butterfly stroke is usually the last stroke to be learn. It is the hardest stroke to master and this stroke requires a lot of upper body strength. This stroke is very taxing on the shoulders, consequently it builds broader shoulders. Butterfly events require that the swimmer's actions retain bilateral symmetry (the left side of the body has to do the same as the right). It is commonly considered the most physically challenging of the strokes. Events are held at distances of 50 m, 100 m, and 200 m. Events are also held in yards.


The Breaststroke


Breaststroke, from which the butterfly stroke evolved, places the additional restriction that the swimmer's hands must be pushed forward together from the breast and that the elbows must remain under the water. Timing is very important, pull with your arms first and following with a strong "frog" kick. This is an excellent stroke to warm up or cool down with, as it is less taxing on your body.  It is the slowest stroke in competitive swimming. Events are held at distances of 50 m, 100 m, and 200 m. This stroke, as well as butterfly requires great shoulder strength. Events are also held in yards.


The Backstroke


Backstroke places no symmetry restrictions, but swimmers must lie on their back at all times except during turns to perform the stroke. Backstroke is performed, in essence, as an inversion of the crawl — competitors swing their arms back over their shoulder, alternately, and pull through under the water to provide motive power, with a flutter kick. Much of the focus on the back stroke is leg propulsion; so choose this stroke for the most powerful leg workout. Using the Zip Fins here will give you more kicking thrust.  Events are held at distances of 50 m, 100 m, and 200 m. Events are also held in yards.


this is front crawl, used by bears and dogs)


The torso and the legs should be kept as much as possible parallel to the surface of the water. Dropped legs or a slanted torso dramatically increase drag.

The hand should be extended forward of the head, as much as possible. This increases the average length at the water-line, substantially increasing speed. This is an effect long used by boat designers, and unconsciously used by "naturally good swimmers."

The time spent on the side should be maximized because the torso is smaller front-to-back than side-to-side on most swimmers. This reduces the frontal cross-section, reducing drag further, and also increasing the ratio between the body's water-line-length and width. Similar improvements are possible by orienting the narrowest direction of head, hands, legs and arms into the water. The torso is by far the most critical.

The motion of the hand, arm, and leg from back to the front should be in the air as much as possible, and in the water, oriented as perfectly as possible, because the returning appendage has to move at least twice as fast as the swimmer, and in the water generates eight times the drag (drag increases with the cube of the speed) of an equal amount of torso frontal area.

The basic "catch" of the water is not nearly as critical as the above items. Most swimmers simply grab water with their hand flat, or the fingers slightly spread, and then draw it smoothly down their body.

None of the above techniques require improved strength. With strength training, the hands and feet can be extended further into the water, gaining more propulsion. For beginners, increased strength brings only small improvements if the above strategies (minimising drag and lengthening water-line) are not optimal.

A number of swimming styles have been developed based on the implementation of some or all of these principles. The 500 yard freestyle and the 200 yard freestyle are considered to be the best events in swimming, though the 50 yard freestyle is considered the hardest.





Important things beginners should note:

  1. Never swim alone (make sure there is a life guard)
  2. Never swim on an empty stomach
  3. Wear proper attire when swimming
  4. Warm up before swimming (simple stretching)
  5. Swallowing water
  6. No diving or jumping into an unfamiliar body of water without first determining the depth (at least 9 feet for jumping and diving) and the terrain, and whether there are any hidden obstacles.
  7. Be under the influence of alcohol or drugs

make sure you swim at proper places

michael phelps on his way to olympics glory

Swimming is a popular recreational activity, particularly in hot countries and in areas with natural watercourses. Swimming is also a competitive sport. There are many health benefits of swimming, yet basic swimming skills and safety precautions are needed to participate in water activities.




Proper swimming attire for both men and women are as below:



Swimming's basic rules for different strokes(the no-no's):

Freestyle: Walking on the bottom, pulling on the lane rope, not touching the wall on a turn, or not completing the distance.


Backstroke: Pulling or kicking into the wall once a swimmer has turned passed the vertical onto the breast. Turning onto the breast before touching the wall with the hand at the finish of the race.


Breaststroke: An illegal kick such as flutter (freestyle), dolphin (butterfly), or scissors (side stroke); not on the breast; alternating movements of the arms; taking two arm strokes or two leg kicks while the head is under water; touching with only one hand at the turns or finish.


Butterfly: Alternating movements of the arms or legs; pushing the arms forward under instead of over the water surface (underwater recovery); a breaststroke style of kick; touching with only one hand at the turns or finish



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michael phelps

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