Frontcrawl is one of the most popular swimming styles, and is used all over the world. However, despite its popularity, it is one of the more difficult styles to learn, due to the required breathing techniques and synchronisation between the arms and legs.
There are several drills available to assist in learning, perfecting and improving this style. One of these drills is referred to as the kicking drill. This is a technique combining breast stroke arms and front crawl legs. The idea of this is to encourage strong front crawl legs, without worrying about synchronising the arms or worrying about the breath. You can continue to keep your head above water to breathe. Arms continue to move in small, slow movements. The result is a strong, confident front crawl technique.
ADVANCED KICK DRILL
Alternatively, the kicking drill can consist of swimming on your side, looking to the bottom of the pool, with your bottom arm extended up and your top arm by your side. Kick one length of the pool, and then switch sides to kick the next length. Turn your head to the side when you need to breathe. This is a more advanced version of the kicking drill because you do need to move your head to breathe. The plus side is that it is great practice for the breathing during front crawl.
Vertical Free Kicking
To help to strengthen your legs and core, and improve your technique, vertical kicking is a great drill. It can be used by professionals, or complete beginners, and can be done in any deep pool. You don’t need lanes or a lot of room, so it’s a great technique to practice when your local pool is slightly overcrowded.
Simply continue to kick the legs, vertically, to increase strength and stamina. Work to get as many kicks into a minute as you can.
Frontcrawl is an extremely efficient swimming style and is well worth every effort to master the technique.