Fingers apart for bigger hands

It’s often one of the first things children are taught when learning to swim: keep your fingers together and make your hand like a paddle. When the alternative in a beginner is fingers splayed wide apart this can be a sensible approach, but when a greater degree of proficiency is reached and swimmers seek every possible technical advantage from their stroke, is it still valid?

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Remember: breathe out as well as in

It’s a common complaint amongst newcomers to the sport that they get out of breath quickly, despite being able to do other sports with no such problems. It’s often put down to technical issues with their stroke, or just not being a good swimmer, but in most cases it comes down to breathing. People having this issue are commonly holding their breath and then trying both to exhale and inhale whilst their mouth is out of the water.

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