3 Tips To Improve Your Breath Retention


Learning how to breathe properly is one of the most important parts of learning how to swim. It is such a large element of swimming that it is absolutely essential to learn how to do this properly in order to be a good and effective swimmer. Learning how to breathe while swimming can be annoying but as a swim school in Pickering and Scarborough, we know the top 3 tips on how to improve your breath retention for swimming:

Breathe Correctly
The first step into improving your breath retention and lung capacity for swimming is to ensure that you are breathing correctly. If you haven’t been instilling proper swim breathing practices such as fully exhaling before you turn your head to take a breath and inhaling to your lungs’ full extent. Remember that swimming is more about exhalation than inhalation!

Light Kicking
Swimming is powered mostly by your quadriceps, as they are the main muscle attributed to propelling you forward while swimming. This means that it requires more oxygen to keep it going. If you kick lightly while swimming, you can conserve more of your oxygen because your quadriceps will not demand as much.

Breath Control Sets
Practicing how to breath and breath control is the key to better breath retention. Breathe in controlled breath sets (either hold your breath for as long as you can, break, and repeat in a short span of time OR hold your breath in small intervals for a longer span of time

As the saying goes: practice makes perfect! The more that you practice your breathing techniques, the better you will be at breath retention. One of the first and most important things that we teach our students at B&C Aquatic is how to breathe properly as it is both an important skill to know and important in terms of water safety. We understand that these simple instructions are what make the best and most safe swimmers. To sign your child up for swim lessons, call us today at 905.420.4141 or email us at registration@bandcaquatics.com.