Catch, pull, push and recovery, these are the four key phases in a freestyle arm stroke.

Boost your freestyle arm stoke to come up with a more efficient stroke!

A suitable freestyle swimming activity will allow you to come up with a more efficient stroke and increase your speed in the water.

The correct starting position for an optimum arm stroke is with your head facing back, keeping your back and hips high in the water. At the start of the arm stroke the palm of your hands must face downwards and your wrists should be greater than your fingers.

Whenever your hands passes under your shoulder, your mind should start to rotate so you are able to breathe properly.

-Keep the pull stage maintaining your body in the ideal position and making sure your hand and arm are beneath your body and not alongside it. Try to grab as much water as possible with your forearm. Having finished the pull stage, the palm of your hands should be facing upward.

Throughout the finished push stage , your arm pushes backwards until it comes out of the water. Throughout the recovery phase, raise your elbow and when your hand is halfway along your own body rotate your head so that it’s facing forward again. 

After your hand reaches your shoulder, then rotate it forward so that it is only touching the water and then stretch it out in front of you to finish the stroke.

Hand paddles can help you improve the position of your hand during each phase of the arm stroke, improving your hands and allowing you to catch more water.