These clips contain examples of good freestyle. Watch and learn!
Source - Title - Source - Comments
YouTube - Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen Faster Freestyle Comments: Great
freestyle swimming technique. You can study any aspect of her stroke and try to
swim that way!
- Open Water with Fran Crippen (Go Swim DVD Trailer) Comments: Fran
Crippen was a US 5K and 10K open-water champion. People always ask, how long does
a 10K take? Fran's time was usually around 1:50. Watch Fran's:
Practice (in the pool, near the start of the clip)
One-Arm Drill (helps
everything - including breathing technique)
You may never be as fast
as Fran, but you will be faster than you are now if you can imitate these aspects
of his stroke and do the drills demonstrated on the trailer.
Note: At the
age of 26, at the top of his game, Fran Crippen died during a 10K open-water world
cup race in the United Arab Emirates. It appears that given the high water temperature,
this race never should have happened. It also appears that safety and athlete
tracking measures were woefully inadequate. I did not know Fran, but consider
him to be a dear friend, as his video - even the short DVD trailer below - has
helped me as a coach, and many of my swimmers. I am deeply saddened by his loss,
and hope that all open-water coaches and race directors will take note of what
- Gary Hall Sr. - Picking the Right Freestyle Comments: Olympic sprint
champion (and father of Olympic sprint champion) explains various styles of freestyle.
For triathletes and open water swimmers, the style I prefer is either hip-driven
or the shoulder-driven with a two-beat kick. You should not learn and practice
just one style of freestyle - because one style is better for going fast for shorter
distances, another for longer distances, and another for rough water and swimming
in crowds. Note what all of these styles have in common - excellent body position
(posture, line and balance).