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How To Do The Butterfly Stroke: An Easy Guide

The butterfly stroke is one of the most competitive strokes to learn in swimming - this is due to 2 key reasons: It is hard to learn yet it is one of the most impressive moves.


Although you can quickly get exhausted, after careful practice of the following steps, you will be able to perfect this magnificent swim technique.

Initial Position:

  1. Float horizontally on your chest - ensure your head is in line with your torso and your face turned downwards.

  2. Extend your arms - ensure your arms are extended forward, shoulder-length apart with your palms facing downwards

  3. Extend your legs - ensure legs are together extended, whilst being slightly bent at the knee and toes pointed outwards

Stroke Cycle:

  1. Ensure the chest is pressed downwards and then released - your arms should move slightly outwards and bend at the elbows very slightly. Your forearms and palms should be brought into a backward-facing position

  2. Your chest should start to rise; your hands should also move backwards and inwards towards the chest; all whilst your hips drive down and knees bend

  3. Your hands should then arrive below the chest and change direction to move towards the hips. You should then do a dolphin kick!

  4. Shortly after, you should ensure your shoulders and chest should be at their highest point ad then clear the water. Your hands should exit the water close to the hips with the palms facing inwards and the recovery of your arms should start

  5. Your arms should hover above the surface of the water and then return to their original position. At the very same time, your palms should rotate so that by the end of the recovery, they are faced downwards again.

  6. Now perform a second dolphin kick and begin your next stroke cycle.


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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