Let us talk about the “frog” stroke. Breaststroke

Who knows what I mean by breaststroke? If you hear the word breaststroke what do you think of? When I asked my friend Angelika,

an astrologist those questions she didn’t seem to have any interest in responding. I know that she and her mom are swimmers and they swim for recreational purpose. However, when I referred to breaststroke as the “frog” stroke, she found it appealing. “Yes”, – she exclaimed, – “it definitely looks like a frog to me!”. She confirmed that she could make the comparison and that she liked to swim the stroke because it is easy.


Knowing that my English teacher Helen loves swimming, I asked her the following question: “Which three words can be associated with breaststroke?” Her answer was: “Glide, frog, easy”.  She also mentioned that she could swim breaststroke with not much splashing. This is absolutely right, because breaststroke is the only stroke where arms and legs perform all the movements underwater.


The third person I asked about breaststroke was an experienced and dedicated swimming teacher Janine from Trinidad. She also confirmed that if she swims and then she wants to swim the easy way she would switch to the breaststroke. I really liked her answer when she, being a professional swimming teacher, stated that breaststroke arm movements resemble sculling. For me it makes sense, since I believe, firstly; such movements allow a swimmer to move through the water keeping their head above water all the time. I am not fond of this because it has a negative impact on the swimmer’s neck and lower back. On the other hand, if one is able to keep the head above water by using their arms; breaststroke arms, sculling, or mixture, this is the first step towards life-preservation while being in the environment, which can be dangerous.


I know that the way of teaching to swim varies from teacher to teacher. Some may start with doggy paddle style or front crawl and others may start with breaststroke. However, in my opinion breaststroke arms should be taught from the very beginning since this is one of the most basic movements required for self-preservation when in water.


Do you agree with the above? What is your opinion? I would love to hear many different views from all walks of life, because there is no right or wrong answer. In my next post I will go through some points why breaststroke is my favourite stroke.



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  1. Breaststroke is the only stroke that you do not use your hands and legs at the same time. I enjoy it because it’s relaxing and quite calming actually … freedom 😊. I do it with my face in the water – the only time my face is out of the water is to breath. Quite a bit of people who are not like ‘swimmers’ prefer to do the stroke with their head out of the water as they pretty much don’t like putting their faces in and, they do enjoy it. Breaststroke = Best Stroke 😆.

    • Hi Janine, thank you for your feedback. I found your comments very interesting. I look forward to your comments on my other posts 🙂

  2. The breaststroke is the first stroke in prone that children learn in Netherlands: extremities always under water, symmetrical and in the most stable position: easy one would say.
    But lifting your head out of the water makes Archimedes a bit angry and without proper propelling phases it can be quite intensive. EKG studies in elderly with cardiac problems and with poor swimming techniques prove this.
    The other basic stroke in NL is the symmetrical leg stroke in supine: a bit more unstable from a fluidmachanics point of view, but the nose will be out of water always when the trunk is stable. The problem in supine: one cannot see horizont and chat while swimming + hairs and ears are under water. This then needs preparation.

  3. Johan, thank you very much for your comments. I am glad that we share the same opinion on introducing breatstroke or breaststroke elements at the very early stages to new swimmers.

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