When first learning how to correctly breathe in the freestyle stroke, we recommend you only get your child breathing to the one side (either right or left), and keep it consistent. This is why we label each arm, one is the Breathing arm (the side that they breathe to), the other is the bubble arm (the side you can attach a bubble to as a reminder, as this is one skill we think an aid really helps). Later on down the track your swimmer will learn bi-lateral breathing or breathing on both the left and the right. There is no right or wrong to which side each child should breathe to, simply whichever side turns better and feels more comfortable to the swimmer. Once you have decided on which side to breathe, this skill will show you how to incorporate the breath into Beginner or Catch-up Freestyle.
4 easy steps to Catch-up breathing:
1. Select bubble arm
2. 6 kicks and breathe
3. Bubble arm, roll, breathing arm.
4. On board