Jitka Vachtová - individual swimming lessons

Breaststroke

Learn to swim breaststroke

Breaststroke is the slowest and least effective swimming method. In the Czech Republic, however, it has a great tradition, so it is often the first swimming way in which children learn to swim. The swim locomotion resembles a frog. Simultaneous limbs movements are typical. A breathing out into the water is required for proper performance.

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Overview of breaststroke trainings

Course summary is only indicative for your vision, the lessons are done individually.

  1. Breaststroke trainings for non-swimmers (I cannot swim breaststroke even 10 meters),
  2. Breaststroke trainings for intermediate non-swimmers (I can swim breaststroke continuously 10 m, but I cannot swim 200 m continuously),
  3. Breaststroke trainings for improvement your technique for swimmers (I can swim breaststroke at least 200 m).

1. Breaststroke trainings for non-swimmers (I cannot swim breaststroke even 10 meters)

It is a breaststroke training for non-swimmers, who cannot even swim breaststroke continuously 10 m, but can breathe into the water and manage the basic swimming skills and can kick freestyle legs.

Swimming preconditions
(minimum required swim level)
Expected training content
(schedule is only indicative)

Prerequisites for swimming lessons:

  • you know basic swimming skills:
    • breathing into the water,
    • floating on your stomach,
    • floating on your back,
    • a fall into deep water,
    • freestyle kick.

A rough outline of the content of swimming lessons:

  • repeating basic swimming skills,
  • repeating freestyle kick and breathing during freestyle,
  • learning a cycle coordination of breaststroke arms and freestyle kick,
  • learning breaststroke kick,
  • learning a cycle coordination of breaststroke arms and breaststroke kick,
  • repetition and fixing bugs.

The training is mainly focused on the breaststroke. Training can be continuously interwoven with the basics of other swimming styles.

I recommend at least 20 lessons.

The goal: To swim continuously at least 10 m by breaststroke style (usually around 25 m). The intermediate non-swimmer performs basic breaststroke technique, knows basic theories about breaststroke. The participant should then continue with the breaststroke trainings for the intermediate non-swimmer.

2. Breaststroke trainings for intermediate non-swimmers (I can swim breaststroke continuously 10 m, but I cannot swim 200 m continuously)

It is a breaststroke training for intermediate non-swimmers who can swim continuously at least 10 m by breaststroke style including proper breathing into the water, but they cannot swim 200 m by breaststroke style.

Swimming preconditions
(minimum required swim level)
Expected training content
(schedule is only indicative)

Prerequisites for swimming lessons:

  • you know basic swimming skills:
    • breathing into the water,
    • floating on your stomach,
    • floating on your back,
    • a fall into deep water,
    • freestyle kick.
  • continuous breaststroke swimming at least 10 m long including breathing into the water,
  • controlled swimming both on the shallows and in the depth.

Continuous regular and long-term training is common at least once a week.

A rough outline of the content of swimming lessons (the content is considerably individual):

  • repeating basic swimming skills,
  • repeating freestyle kick and breathing during freestyle,
  • repeating of a cycle coordination of breaststroke arms and freestyle kick,
  • repeating of breaststroke kick,
  • repeating of a cycle coordination of breaststroke arms and breaststroke kick,
  • repetition and fixing bugs.

The training is mainly focused on the breaststroke. Training can be continuously interwoven with the basics of other swimming styles.

The goal: First of all, it is about extending the swim without stopping. The main goal is to swim continuously 200 m including proper breathing into the water, which will change non-swimmers to swimmers and it opens up other possibilities for swimming. The participant should then continue to improve the breaststroke for swimmers or then learn the basic freestyle skills.

3. Breaststroke trainings for improvement your technique for swimmers (I can swim breaststroke at least 200 m)

It is a breaststroke training for swimmers who can swim breaststroke 200 m and can breathe properly into the water. The training is individual, so it can be attended by pre-intermediate, intermediate and advanced swimmers or racing swimmers. This is usually a regular agreed training unit.

Swimming preconditions
(minimum required swim level)
Expected training content
(schedule is only indicative)

Prerequisites for swimming lessons:

  • you know basic swimming skills:
    • breathing into the water,
    • floating on your stomach,
    • floating on your back,
    • a fall into deep water,
    • freestyle kick.
  • continuous breaststroke swimming at least 200 m long including breathing into the water,
  • controlled swimming both on the shallows and in the depth.

It is possible to have any number of training sessions. Continuous regular and long-term training is common at least once a week.

A rough outline of the content of swimming lessons (the content is considerably individual):

  • fitness swimming and technical exercises:
    • swimming coordination (whole swimming style of breaststroke),
    • technical breaststroke exercises,
    • excercises for swim technique, fitness or speed,
    • bugs correction.

The training is mainly focused on the breaststroke. Training can be continuously interwoven with the basics of other swimming styles.

The goal: First of all, it is about improving breaststroke swim technique followed by endurance training. It should be remembered that only in the last row we deliberately try to increase speed. The participant should then continue to teach backstroke or freestyle.

A note: The officially acknowledged criterion for someone to be labeled as a swimmer is a continuous swim distance of 200 meters without any rest and obvious signs of exhaustion. If someone can swim at least 10 m but cannot swim at least 200 m, I call him intermediate non-swimmer. If you are not able to swim at least 10 m, you are non-swimmer.