In a Dubai swimming class, you can learn swimming strokes. With the aid of an instructor, you will learn how to breathe, float, kick, and move in the water correctly with each of these strokes. For younger swimmers and inexperienced swimmers, the matter of coordinating your body movement in the water may seem daunting. Let’s take a look at each of the swim strokes and learn how they are easily learned with the assistance of a qualified swim instructor through one of Pursueit’s classes. 

The benefits of learning each swim stroke in a class

The swimming strokes are complicated for new and inexperienced swimmers. Dubai swimming classes or private lessons will help students:

  • Visualize the movements associated with each stroke.
  • Nurture the various fundamentals of swimming, such as the independent movement of kicking, which is achieved with a kick board.
  • Feel comfortable swimming with each of the different strokes.

Even if you only take a few swim classes, you should at least master the freestyle stroke and the backstroke. The mastery of these two strokes will let you swim for moderate exercise while giving you the opportunity to cool down, with the backstroke, after a session of swimming. 

The easiest of the swim strokes, the freestyle

This is considered the easiest of the swim strokes to learn. Most swim instructors will teach the front crawl as the default “freestyle” stroke. The freestyle does not require intensive coordination of the legs and arms with breathing. The head is forward and down and movement is powered by motion of the arms (with cupped hands) and legs. This is a stroke that is primarily used in recreational swimming. When competitive swimmers use the freestyle stroke, they use it for warmups and to transit around the pool. While the freestyle stroke is easy to learn, successful mastery depends upon your mastery of the fundamentals of swimming, such as breathing, the cupping of hands, and other fundamental techniques that ensure successful swimming.

The breast stroke, ideal for balance and pace

This is a slower paced stroke, but is extremely useful if you must swim over a long distance. The butterfly stroke involves making a complete motion with your arm and bringing it back to your hips. The stroke engages your forearms, chest, and back. This stroke works the entire body and is one of the main strokes used when swimming for exercise. Aesthetically speaking, the butterfly stroke is the most preferred for the swimmer that is dealing with both distance and pace. 

The butterfly stroke, a fun stroke

The butterfly stroke is not regarded as a required stroke for beginning swimmers, but it is a required stroke for some competitive swim teams. By and far, the butterfly stroke is regarded as the hardest stroke to learn, but one of the most fun strokes to use in recreational swimming. The swimmer propels their arms outwards like a butterfly while the legs are synchronized, utilizing muscles in the waist and legs. 

Perhaps the most difficult aspect of the butterfly stroke is breathing. Ideally, the swimmer only has one small window of opportunity to take a breath during the butterfly stroke, during the moment when the arms and legs are not in motion. To master the butterfly stroke, you must have mastery of the basic tenets of swimming. 

The backstroke for recreational swimming 

Some people who frequently use the backstroke prefer this stroke because it is more leisurely. When doing the backstroke, the face never goes below the water. For the majority of the swim, you are on your back paddling backwards. The arms contribute the most to movement. When you are doing the arm motion for this stroke, the pinky goes in the water first. The hand pulls water creating momentum. A flutter kick helps power momentum as well and stabilizes the body. 

Why learn swim strokes in a class or with an instructor? 

There are two ideal ways to learn the required swim strokes with the assistance of an instructor, with either group or private swim classes. Some people prefer group swimming classes as part of the social experience. The instructor will have some time to correct technique for students, but will largely remain focused on the group. Additionally, students can see their peers perform the strokes in the correct manner.

With private swim lessons, instructors will be able to work exclusively with the student. If a student experiences difficulty with an aspect of a swimming stroke, there will be more time to help the student perfect the technique. In a private swimming environment, the instructor will also have more time to check on the student’s fundamentals, such as breathing and kicking. 

Why take swimming classes in Dubai through Pursueit?

Pursuit grants exclusive access to vetted, qualified swimming instructors. Our swimming classes are taught by instructors with experience and passion, who excel at swimming. Pursueit also has access to several different instructors at some of the top swimming facilities in Dubai and some of our programs will even bring an instructor to your preferred swimming facility or your home.