Special Swimming Styles

There are various other methods that can be used for different needs in the water. These methods are not usually performed in competitions, but are useful with various other requirements.


Snorkeling can be performed with just about any breaststroke style. This form of swimming usually consists of goggles, a snorkel and flippers. In most cases, snorkelling does not require high speeds and can be performed from a full breaststroke right down to using a kicking method only.



Finswimming consists of various different styles to adapt to any requirement. This type of swimming consists of having fins attached to your feet and can be used at the surface of water or swimming underwater.

Feet First

This type of swimming is usually used during training as it requires precision and good timing. Various strokes can be used to move the body forward feet first. This can be rather tricky as first, but an amazing exercise to train your upper body to work together in a consistent manner.

Corkscrew Swimming

Is mainly used for training purposes and includes rotating your body with every stroke. This means switching between front crawl and backstroke the entire time. Different variations of this swimming style includes waltz crawl that requires you to rotate every third stroke.


This method is used in the beginning of a round when you jump into the water or push your body away from the pool side. Simply stretch out your hands in front, keep your legs straight and your head between your arms. This provides a arrow like shape that glides through the water at ease.

Turtle stroke

This is a more advanced training method that gives you the ability to focus on your torso. The technique requires two opposite limbs to be used at the same time. For example, kick with your left leg while completing a stroke with your right arm. Switch between sides every second or third stroke. As you become more advanced, switching between strokes will be possible.

Moth stroke

This stroke is very similar to butterfly stroke, but requires the summer to lie on his back. You will also be swimming backwards by moving your arms in a circular motion along with a breaststroke position kick. Once again, this method is mostly used for training purposes giving the athlete muscle control.


Swimming Underwater

Just about any same method can be used underwater, but from it depends on the oxygen needs and supplies. Swimming underwater on your back could be a problem as water enters the nostrils. Various appointments can be used to stop this from happening, such as a nose clip. Some athletes have the ability to block their nostrils with the upper lip or stop water from coming in with the composer naris muscle.

Minimal Motion

This type of swimming is perfect for the short resting period during practice. This includes floating above the water with minimal leg movements to keep you up. The easiest way to achieve this, is by putting your head down into the water and only coming up for a breath.