What is our student doing incorrectly in this video clip?
If you guessed she is not exhaling out of her mouth and nose, you are correct. The problem with this, as you can see, is she is basically just holding her breath the entire time which causes her to run out of breath and have to stop. If she performs the air exchange properly, you will see she is capable of continuing the exercise for longer distances.
At Swim Lessons University, we call this exercise “Hopping Frog Bobs” and it is practiced each class in our Swim Strokes 201 class, an entry level strokes class for those who can swim from point a to point b for short distances, but need to learn the formal strokes of freestyle and backstroke. The instructions are “get your air in your mouth, blow out your mouth and your nose.” We also break that down into buzzwords or cues and simply say, “get your air, blow it out.”
Now watch our young student make the correction, after getting some specific, corrective feedback from the instructor:
At Swim Lessons University, instructors are trained to use 6 different forms of feedback in the “Teach Like a Pro” Instructor Training DVD Course. In this video, you can see our young swimmer make the correction. Notice how she exhales out her mouth and nose each time she submerges, allowing her to easily catch another breath upon coming up for air. This exercise, Hoping Frog Bobs, is a great drill that isolates the breath control skill, which will transfer into learning the air exchange in freestyle (front crawl) with side breathing.
June 4, 2012 at 12:56 pm Comments (0)