Why we teach children different swimming strokes – part 2

The Advantages of Each Stroke


Once learnt at a basic level it can be performed with the head staying above
the water all the time. This gives excellent visibility and avoids breathing


Because it is swam on your back there is no breathing difficulties. A swimmer can breathe the entire time they are swimming and therefore become less tired. They can also then cover a longer distance. It is also advised as an exercise that can relieve back problems.


This is the fastest and most efficient stroke if performed correctly. It enables swimmers to cover further distances quicker and by using less energy.


This stroke is mostly used in competition only as it is very tiring. Performing this stroke is very fast but takes a lot of energy. Children enjoy learning this stroke because of its similarity in movement to the way a dolphin swims. They have a lot of fun learning this.