MP Swim Tips by Bob Bowman: Training with Snorkels


MP Swim Tips by Bob Bowman – Episode Three

Bob Bowman, head coach of the Arizona State Sun Devils Swimming and Diving Team, explains how his swimmers train with snorkels.  Demonstrated by the greatest athlete of all-time, Michael Phelps,  snorkels are used for a wide variety reasons.

Training with Snorkels

Bob likes to use snorkels for kick sets.  Snorkels allow the swimmer’s head, neck and spine to be in a natural swimming position. Swimmers can also use snorkels on kick sets with arms on by their sides for rotational kicking.

Bob uses snorkels in pull sets as well.  Snorkels help the swimmer keep their head in line so they really focus on technique.

What Bob Likes about the Focus Snorkel

One of Bob’s favorite new products from the MP Line is the Focus Snorkel. Its streamline design allows swimmers to cut through the water in a more natural form. Bob also likes the stability of the Focus Snorkel, a feature that’s missing from other snorkels.  The added stability helps to ensure no side-to-side movement when you’re swimming. The straps are robust and the design of the mouthpiece is comfortable. A comfortable mouthpiece enables swimmers to focus on training and technique rather than biting down to hold the snorkel in place.

EPISODE ONE:  Butterfly 2-2 and 2

EPISODE ONE:  Backstroke Back Touch and Pull 

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Launched in the spring of 2015, MP designed by Aqua Sphere is a shared vision to develop innovative products that are inclusive and accessible to a broader range of swimmers across the full swimming lifecycle. Combining Aqua Sphere’s global product design expertise and distribution with Michael Phelps’ and Bob Bowman’s experiences at the highest levels of swim performance, the MP brand features technical swim products leveraging proprietary technologies and performance enhancing designs.

About Aqua Sphere

Established in Genoa, Italy, in 1998, Aqua Sphere is the premier swimming equipment manufacturer for fitness and recreational swimming, aquatic exercise and triathlons. With the launch of its cutting-edge Seal Mask—the world’s first swim mask, the company set the industry standard and today continues to innovate with a complete range of premium products, including eye protection, swimwear, triathlon wetsuits, footwear, and swim fitness and training accessories. The designs have gained the respect and loyal following of many celebrities and notable athletes, including the world’s most decorated Olympian Michael Phelps, with whom Aqua Sphere is partnering to develop a global brand partnership. Alongside its parent company Aqua Lung and supported by an international distribution network, Aqua Sphere has grown into a worldwide enterprise representing unparalleled design, development and manufacturing expertise, with a global footprint in more than 90 countries. For more information, visit or

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Swim Training is courtesy of MP and Aqua Sphere, SwimSwam partners.

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