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How Many Swimming Laps are in One Mile?

How Many Swimming Laps are in One Mile? 28 Comments

Swimming a mile is, well, a milestone! But how many laps are in a mile, anyway? The answer depends on two things: how you define a mile and the length of your pool.
How to Float for Swimming

How to Float for Swimming 40 Comments

Everyone can—and should—learn how to float in water. Knowing how to float can save your life, and it’s the first step in learning how to swim freestyle.
Swimming Glossary

Swimming Glossary 4 Comments

Check out this Swimming glossary to find the sport-specific definitions for which you have been looking. From A to Z, we've got all the words covered.
Swimming Pool Dimensions

Swimming Pool Dimensions 6 Comments

It is important to know the size and attributes of your swimming facility. Check out this guide for official swimming pool dimensions and markings.
How to Stay Warm in Cold Water

How to Stay Warm in Cold Water 19 Comments

Here are three things you can do to stay warm when you’re swimming in the open ocean, a lake, or your local pool when the heater goes out in the middle of winter.
Common Breaststroke Mistakes

Common Breaststroke Mistakes 9 Comments

If you’re wondering how to improve your breaststroke, this guide has some great tips for you. It points out what to look out for and how to fix them while swimming.
How to Count Swimming Laps

How to Count Swimming Laps 30 Comments

For many of us, the biggest challenge of our daily swim is keeping track of how many laps we have done. Here, you’ll find six tricks to help you count laps.
Choosing a Swim Cap

Choosing a Swim Cap 21 Comments

When it comes to swim caps, there are almost too many choices. Here is a brief run-down of swimming cap facts, and some considerations to weigh when deciding on a cap.
How to Improve Your Underwater Dolphin Kick

How to Improve Your Underwater Dolphin Kick 16 Comments

For many swimmers, a common downfall in a race is speed off the walls. If your opponents are popping up ahead of you, check out how to improve your underwaters.
Choosing Swimming Goggles

Choosing Swimming Goggles 9 Comments

If you’ve ever suffered from leaky, painful, or annoying goggles while swimming laps, you’re not alone. Check out this guide for pointers on picking out your next pair.
Stretches for Swimming

Stretches for Swimming 13 Comments

Stretching is a very important part of your swimming routine. If you’re looking for some good stretches to help your swimming muscles, check out this guide.
How to Shave Down for a Swim Meet

How to Shave Down for a Swim Meet 12 Comments

Shaving can be confusing. If you’re unsure how — or what parts of your body — to shave down for your big swim meet, this guide is full of information for you!
How to Kick Breaststroke

How to Kick Breaststroke 12 Comments

If you’re wondering how to kick like a frog, hop on over to this guide. Here, you’ll find helpful steps on how to kick breaststroke.
Swimming Rules & Regulations

Swimming Rules & Regulations 10 Comments

Between the dive and the finish of each race, many aspects of swimming are governed by strict rules. Check out this guide for current official policies.
How to Do a Faster Flip Turn

How to Do a Faster Flip Turn 22 Comments

Whether you’re an experienced swimmer or someone who is just learning how to do a freestyle flip turn, here are ten ways to make your flip turns better and faster.
How to Increase Lung Capacity for Swimming

How to Increase Lung Capacity for Swimming 15 Comments

If long swim sets leave you gasping for air, it’s time to work on building your lung capacity! This guide is full of tips for easier breathing during your workout.
How to Improve Your 100 Free Time

How to Improve Your 100 Free Time 50 Comments

There are some very simple things you can do every day that will help you break through the plateau. Here are five ways to improve your best time in the 100 Freestyle.
Common Freestyle Mistakes

Common Freestyle Mistakes 8 Comments

If you’re wondering how to enhance your freestyle stroke, check out these common mistakes. This guide will show you what to look out for and how to fix any issues.
Common Backstroke Mistakes

Common Backstroke Mistakes 21 Comments

Finding an area of your stroke to correct is the best way to improve. Here are the most common mistakes swimmers make in backstroke, as well as how to fix them.
Common Butterfly Mistakes

Common Butterfly Mistakes 12 Comments

If you’re feeling unsure about what to work on in butterfly, check out this guide for helpful tips. You’ll also find great ways to fix your stroke.
How to Do a Backstroke Flip Turn

How to Do a Backstroke Flip Turn 8 Comments

Backstroke flip turns can feel dizzying at first. If your flip turns leave you staggering, this guide will help get you swimming in the right direction.
How to Quickly Recover from Swimming

How to Quickly Recover from Swimming 15 Comments

Here are five ways to speed your recovery after swimming hard so you can get the most out of every workout.
How to Swim Butterfly

How to Swim Butterfly 9 Comments

Butterfly can be the most intimidating stroke in swimming, but it doesn’t have to be! If you’re wondering where to begin, this guide includes step-by-step instruction.
How to Warm Up for Swimming

How to Warm Up for Swimming 17 Comments

An effective warm-up is the key to productive workouts, successful main sets, and setting personal best times at swim meets.
Resistance Band Exercises for Swimming

Resistance Band Exercises for Swimming 4 Comments

If you’re wondering how to strengthen your shoulders for swimming, bands are a great way to do it. Take a look at this guide for band exercise ideas.
How to Do an Open Turn for Swimming

How to Do an Open Turn for Swimming 15 Comments

Turning around at the wall can be trickier than it seems. If you’re wondering how to improve your open turn while swimming, check out the steps in this guide.
How to Side-breathe in Freestyle

How to Side-breathe in Freestyle 5 Comments

Side-breathing can be a challenge. It can affect your swimming in countless ways, making it hard to swim many laps. If you’re looking for some tips, check out this guide.
How to Pack for a Swim Meet

How to Pack for a Swim Meet 9 Comments

If you’re wondering what to bring to your first swim meet — or if you’re nervous about forgetting something important — use this checklist to pack your swim bag.
How & When to Swim Straight-arm Freestyle

How & When to Swim Straight-arm Freestyle 14 Comments

At the competitive swimming level, straight-arm freestyle is making a comeback. If you’re wondering if you should try it out, this guide will give you some good insight.
How to Pace a Mid-distance Freestyle Event

How to Pace a Mid-distance Freestyle Event 4 Comments

If you’re feeling stumped about how to pace a mid-distance event, look no further! This guide is full of ways to pace your next race.
How to Assemble Swedish Swim Goggles

How to Assemble Swedish Swim Goggles 11 Comments

Wishing your new pair of Swedes came with assembly instructions? Here is the “missing manual” for building your swim goggles. You’ll have them put together in no time.
How to Read a Swim Meet Program

How to Read a Swim Meet Program 6 Comments

Swim meet programs can be confusing! If you’re perplexed about all the numbers in a program —or why you’re in a certain heat or lane — this guide clears it up for you.
How to Swim with an Early Vertical Forearm

How to Swim with an Early Vertical Forearm 2 Comments

Many swimmers slip water on their pull. If you’re having trouble, this guide will teach you how to achieve Early Vertical Forearm on the catch part of your stroke.
How to Make a Swimming Comeback

How to Make a Swimming Comeback 1 Comment

To keep you from getting stuck in the past and nostalgic for what you used to be able to do, here‘s some advice on how to make a successful swimming comeback!
How to Circle Swim

How to Circle Swim 6 Comments

Here’s everything you need to know about circle swimming to keep three from feeling like a loud, angry crowd.
Gear for New Swimmers

Gear for New Swimmers 24 Comments

Here’s our list of 10 essential items for swimmers who are new to the sport or coming out of a long retirement.
How to Do a Backstroke Start

How to Do a Backstroke Start 8 Comments

Learning a backstroke start can be painful, tricky, and downright embarrassing! Check out this guide for steps on how to do an effortless backstroke start.
How to Set Swimming Goals

How to Set Swimming Goals 7 Comments

Here’s how to incorporate goal-setting into your training plan, and how to write goals effectively.
Is Your Child Ready for Summer Swim Team?

Is Your Child Ready for Summer Swim Team? 3 Comments

Are you wondering whether to sign your child up for a summer swim team? Here are six important things to consider to see if your child is ready for the swim season.
How to Do a Breaststroke Pull-down

How to Do a Breaststroke Pull-down 2 Comments

If you want to improve your breaststroke time, focus on your pull-down. You can beat your opponents, and improve your time with the easy steps in this guide.
How & Why to Bilateral Breathe

How & Why to Bilateral Breathe 9 Comments

Bilateral breathing can be the most helpful — yet also most confusing — part of swimming. With these handy drills and tips, you’ll be breathing to both sides in no time!
Mental Skills of Fast Swimmers

Mental Skills of Fast Swimmers 18 Comments

At a certain level of swimming, athletes start winning races not just because they are the strongest, have the best technique, or were blessed with the most genetic...
How to Prevent Shoulder Injuries from Swimming

How to Prevent Shoulder Injuries from Swimming 4 Comments

Shoulder injuries are common in swimming. Read this guide for advice on how to protect or rehabilitate your shoulders.
How to Swim Freestyle

How to Swim Freestyle 1 Comment

If you’re new to swimming, you might not know where to begin. Check out this guide to learn the basics of freestyle.
Advice for New Swimmers

Advice for New Swimmers 28 Comments

Are you new to the sport of swimming? Here are the 10 most-common pieces of advice given to beginner swimmers.
How to Side-Kick in Swimming

How to Side-Kick in Swimming 8 Comments

Side-kicking is the foundation of efficient freestyle, and it combines the three basic swimming skills: balancing, kicking, and breathing.
How to Swim Bent arm Freestyle

How to Swim Bent arm Freestyle 10 Comments

New swimmers usually learn straight-arm freestyle first, but bent-arm freestyle has its advantages. This swimming guide will teach you how to swim bent-arm freestyle.
How to Train for Long Course Races in a Short Course Pool

How to Train for Long Course Races in a Short Course Pool 2 Comments

There are some things you can do to make the transition to long course easier on the day of competition. Here are a few suggestions.
Understanding the Pace Clock in Swimming

Understanding the Pace Clock in Swimming 1 Comment

Paying attention to pace clocks and intervals while swimming can feel like a lot to handle. If you’re having trouble keeping track, this guide gives you good pointers.
How to Flip Turn While Circle Swimming

How to Flip Turn While Circle Swimming

Flip turning while circle swimming is a bit of an art. Here’s how you can stay collision-free while practicing your flip turns even when you have to circle swim.
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