Swimming Drill Demonstration
Breathing On Both Sides
As you probably noticed both of the drills above teach you to breathe on either side. Why? Because being comfortable breathing to either side can make or break your day.
Breathing on each side teaches you to take more balanced strokes and allows you to switch comfortably as the situation requires. This is especially helpful when swimming in the open water where you need to sight buoys and often have to avoid getting a mouthful of water from waves or other swimmers. The bottom line: it's a handy survival skill in the chaos of swim starts.
If your goal is to become a better swimmer faster then build your swim technique on a foundation of comfortable, relaxed breathing. This simple—and often overlooked—training tactic can deliver a marked improvement in your swim times, and do wonders for taming stress and panic come race day.