• Swim Drills – Poolside Breathing

    Why do this drill?

    Poolside breathing is useful for new swimmers or swimmers that are not comfortable with breathing with their face in the water. This drill will allow you to make the correct movement of the head and will allow you to get used to breathing out underwater while your feet are firmly on the floor.

    How to do this drill

    Begin this drill by standing at the shallow end of the pool and facing the side of the pool. Bend forward at the waist and reach out with your left hand so that your left hand is holding the side of the pool. Adjust your feet until your left arm is almost straight. Keep your right arm by your side. Take a breath and put your head in the water in a neutral position, spine in line with neck and eyes to the bottom of the pool. Breathe out through either your mouth or your mouth and nose. Once you have expelled all the air from your lungs rotate your head and upper body to the right so that you can just open your mouth to take a breath. Return your head to the water and repeat. Repeat this drill with your right arm extended so that you take a breath to your left.