Breathing has been established as a performance-enhancing tool in various physical activities. We have discovered that breathing exercises can improve singing and vocal strength. Likewise, your daily swimming routine can benefit from breath control practices. Breath control is crucial in swimming, as your lungs are under constant underwater pressure to inhale more air and sustain comfort, pace, and performance.
Although we breathe constantly, the process becomes more complicated when we enter the water. Most swimmers inhale through their mouths in a quick action that lasts about a second. Timing is crucial for swimmers, particularly beginners. The duration of each breath underwater should be twice as long as a breath taken above water to establish and maintain a comfortable rhythm and balance. This video offers breathing techniques, exercises, and tips to help you breathe naturally while swimming, just as you would during other above-water activities.