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How To Do The Breaststroke: Part 1:

The breaststroke is one of the most fundamental strokes for a beginner to learn and master. One key mantra to reiterate to yourself as you practice this stroke is ‘pull, breathe, kick, glide’. This stroke is unique in the sense that, your recovery step occurs under the water – making it a bit more harder to master as it causes drag and makes you slow. This is why it is most important to master this stroke.


  • This is the beginning and ending position if the stroke cycle and forms the basis of the breaststroke position.

  • Make sure your body is in a straight line and your legs and arms are extended with face in the water and body prone.


  • This is comprised of 4 parts – glide, outsweep, insweep and recovery.

  • Begin with your arms fully extended with palms pointing down and fingertips pointing forwards. Your hands should be in front of your chest in a praying position with fingertips facing away from the body. Then drive your arms forward and extend your arms in front of your body.

  • Next, turn your palms slightly outwards and keep your arms straight, sweep your arms out to the side until they form a “Y”shape with your body.

  • Thirdly, bend your elbows and move your forearms down and back as you pull our hands down and back as you pull your hands together in front of your chest in a praying position. This step is important ads it serves as the force that pulls your body forward. Make sure you take a breath by lifting your head out of the water.

  • Lastly, recover by extending your arms forward just below the surface to enter the glide phase and begin the cycle again.

Our tutors at Ducks2Sharks are experienced in teaching all sorts of swim positions to our students, so if you would love to learn, join our classes today in Berkshire!

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