How to start the first stroke in open water?

Question by mbl: How to start the first stroke in open water?
When swimming freestyle in open water, there is no wall to kick off from. How to start the stroke to generate momentum?
Thanks all! Just curious: no one mentions first swimming breaststroke for a few strokes? Would that help or not good?

Best answer:

Answer by megan
Great question! This is what I do: Push up from your feet and gradually go into freestyle form, using your legs and arms to start stroking as fast as you can. Doing breaststroke wouldn’t change anything, but the “con” about it is that it might tire you out easily because of the amount of strength you’re using to do this. But then again, it mainly depends on your strength, skill, and ability. My advice is to go with whatever makes you feel the most comfortable so if you’re very skilled at doing the breaststroke, go for it! There isn’t one right way to do this.

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    WhatsupPhil May 11, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Just position your body like you’d be floating on your stomach, but in the same motion begin kicking your feet. Once you take off a bit, then begin the arm strokes. If you’re in the middle of a pool, though, just kick off the bottom.

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    Sarah May 11, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Start wading into the ocean or lake, and when the water gets to about torso-level, push up from the bottom and start swimming. Swim head-up freestyle to begin with so you can get your bearings, then put your head down if it’s comfortable.

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    Scott K May 11, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Wade out as far as you comfortably can (get a running start if possible) Leap forward, hands and face first, doing a shallow surface dive. Start swimming.

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    Rachel May 11, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    umm start in a stream line and kick flutter kick to start momentum if u want to do breast stroke do a pull out

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