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?
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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