Skill 2 – Beginner Freestyle
This type of Freestyle is different to what you see in the Olympics or what we call conventional Freestyle. Beginner or Catch-up Freestyle is when the hands meet after each stroke, so only one arm is moving at a time. The benefits of teaching Catch-up Freestyle before teaching conventional (Olympic) Freestyle are obvious to those who have done so. Young children find Catch-up much easier to comprehend as they are only using one arm at a time. However more importantly, just like Streamlined/Torpedo kicking, Catch-up Freestyle prepares and strengthens a child’s core region so the swimmer can develop a long, powerful Freestyle stroke. When children are taught conventional Freestyle too early, the arms tend to move too quickly and the correct breathing technique becomes difficult to teach.
*uSwim does not
advocate Catch-up for elite training or squad classes.