The Benefits of Learning Different Swimming Strokes
At Texas Swim Academy, we are focused on providing the best environment for your child to learn how to swim and feel safe and comfortable doing so! Every student starts off with some very basic life-saving water safety skills before moving on the more advanced swim skills; one of these skills is learning the different swim strokes. While learning several types of swimming strokes requires patience and a time investment, it has its many rewards.
Less Risk of Swimming Injury
When you learn different swim strokes, you have the opportunity to use more muscles in your body. The risk of swimming injury, or any athletic injury for that matter, lessens when you are not always placing stress on one particular area of the body; something that could be possible if you were to use the same stroke over and over again. Practicing several types of strokes when swimming can provide a more balanced musculature that reduces the chance of injury in the future.
Makes Swimming More Fun
We believe that swimming can be a fun, lifetime sport for many students. The variety that is offered by learning several different swim strokes can increase a love and devotion to swimming. It’s not always fun and exciting to stick to the same swim stroke. Learning different strokes can challenge students to meet goals and improve upon their swimming overtime. In addition, by learning a new stroke, it can help students perform better in existing strokes. For example, the balance skills you learn for the freestyle or front crawl are also needed for backstroke. The body undulation needed for the butterfly stroke can help improve a swimmer’s breaststroke.
Helps Swimmers Stay Competitive
Finally, for swimmers who are planning to move on to a swim team or compete in a triathlon, learning different swim strokes can be very beneficial. Learning how to freestyle allows swimmers to swim faster and tire less than if he or she were to swim the breaststroke the entire time. Switching over to breaststroke can provide a swimmer with better visibility that’s not always available in a freestyle swim. If swimmers do become tired, they can turn on their backs and do a backstroke, which provides them with a chance to relax and recover.
Learning the four different strokes – breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle, and backstroke can be very beneficial and offer variety for a swimmer. Texas Swim Academy offers two programs that can provide an opportunity for swimmers to improve swim strokes. Our Stroke Development program is a step-by-step development program where one skill is built upon another. Skills are practiced repetitively so your child learns each skill to a level of proficiency. There are six different levels of classes based on swimmers’ maturity, physical strength, coordination and skills and there is not a time limit for completion of each level; swimmers learn at their own pace.
Our Pre-Competition program allows students to improve their endurance, stroke techniques, and individual swim times. There are two levels – intermediate and advanced; however, swimmers must already know the four main strokes: breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle, and backstroke prior to enrollment.