Fitter and Faster Swim Tip: Underwater Freestyle Drill

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Olympians Chloe Sutton and Tyler McGill explain and demonstrate Underwater Freestyle Drill.

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Becky D

My team when I was a kid called this “People Paddle.” Whereas dog paddle is a short stroke without over-water recovery, people paddle is a long stroke without over-water recovery.

I actually call this drill “Full human paddle”. Underwater freestyle is actually fully submerged swimming for my team (can be done with fins to make it easier). There should be a video of this Underwater freestyle drill on the ProSwimWorkouts website soon.

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