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June 10, 2016 Last updated: October 15, 2018

How to Swim the Front Crawl: Your 60-Second Guide

how to swim the front crawl stroke illustration

Clad in inflatable water wings and clutching noodles, your last swimming lesson probably happened when you were too small to consider going in the deep end. And while you’re probably competent enough to stay afloat during your next trip to the lake, you may be missing out on the cardiovascular benefits of swimming as an exercise. The next time you head to the pool to rack up a few laps, use the most efficient stroke known to man: the front crawl. Utilizing constantly rotating arms, flutter-kicking legs, and efficient breathing techniques, the front crawl is sure to get you from A to B in a hurry.

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Illustrated by Ted Slampyak