How to Swim the Breaststroke 
How to Swim the Breaststroke
by eHow / Phillip Toriello
Video Lecture 2 of 25
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Views: 2,968
Date Added: August 1, 2009

Lecture Description


In this video lesson, Swimming Instructor Phillip Toriello teaches how to swim the breaststroke. It requires two basic components which are the kick and the pull.



Video Transcript: PHILLIP TORIELLO: "Hi, this is Phillip Toriello, and this is how to swim breaststroke. The breaststroke is basically comprised of two components, your kick, and your pull. The way I teach, I like to break down the kick first and foremost. Within that kick, we have a bend of the knees, with the base of your feet up towards the top of the water, an open of the legs, a snap, and then a glide, so it goes into your bend, open, snap, glide through the water. The glide lasting approximately two seconds. Most of the power in your kick is going to come from that snap, so if you open your legs a bit wider, you're going to have a lot more space to snap your legs together, to propel yourself through the water. The next component that I talked about, was the pull. The pull is comprised of approximately four phases. You have your outward sweep, your inward sweep towards your chest, your recovery, and your glide. The thing that I like to stress the most, is on the outward sweep. As soon as your hands come apart, lift your head for the breath, inward sweep, and then glide, putting your head down during the recovery. Pull,, breathe, bend your legs. Open, snap, recovery. Glide for two seconds. By breaking it down in those simple steps, you'll learn breaststroke in no time, and don't get down on yourself, because it does take time and practice. For more information, please contact your local swimming expert."

Course Index

Course Description


In this video series, Swimming Instructor Phillip Toriello gives 25 video lessons on How to Swim. Learn how to swim the breaststroke, the backstroke and freestyle. Get tips on how to do flip turns for each type of swimming stoke and find out how to do swimming kicks like the eggbeater kick. Want to get the kids involved in swimming too? Find out how to teach children to swim with tips on teaching the survival float and child diving. Swimming is a useful skill and a fun activity that provides great exercise for all.

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