In this video you'll learn the basic method for swimming the front crawl.
This video is aimed at newcomers to the sport of the swimming and teaches them basic movements of the front crawl. Move on to the next video in this free series on learning to swim the front crawl.
The front crawl is perhaps the most common swimming stroke out there. Watch this video to get to grips with the basic.
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Front crawl: learn the basic method
In this video, you're going to learn the basic front crawl method. It is a stroke which allows you to work on strengthening the arm muscles. Once the method is understood, you will be able to improve each individual movement.
We're going to show you the arm movements for front crawl, the breathing technique and the kicking motions.
Firstly, the arm movements
Push your first arm under the water towards your back then lift your arm and extend it in front of you above the surface
Your arms are always doing the opposite movement to one another. Bring your first arm to the front and at the same time push your second arm towards the back.
Secondly, the breathing. In order to breathe, turn your head to the side of the arm which is under the water
Then put your head back under the water when your arm moves back into the forward position
If you are a beginner, breathe every other arm movement, which means that you always breathe on the same side
Thirdly, the kicking motions
Throughout the whole stroke, make kicking motions with the legs in order to keep your body at the surface of the water and to remain as horizontal as possible.
The motions involve kicking through the water regularly one leg after the other.
You now know the basic front crawl moves. In order to continue work on these methods, you can watch our videos for improving the arm strokes, the breathing, the kicking motions and learning how to do a tumble turn.