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Learn Swimming Breaststroke: Drills and Exercises

The breaststroke is often the first one of the competitive swimming strokes taught to novices.

Nevertheless, its movements can be quite difficult for the beginner to master.

A female breaststroke swimmer in an outdoor pool.
Learn to swim breaststroke without struggle

That’s why the following exercises let you learn swimming breaststroke step by step. This prevents struggle and lets you enjoy the experience of learning a new swim stroke.

Learn the Breaststroke Kick on Dry Land

A swimming instructor demonstrates how to practice the breaststroke kick movements while sitting on a chair

Learn the Breaststroke Kick on Dry Land: This article describes various exercises that allow you to practice the breaststroke kicking movements from the comfort of your home.

Learn the Breaststroke Kick in the Water

A novice swimmer practices the breaststroke kick while holding a kick board with his hands

Breaststroke Swimming Drills – Learn the Breaststroke Kick in the Water: This article builds upon the skills learned previously on dry land.

It proposes a few swimming drills to practice the breaststroke kick in the water using swim noodles and kickboards.

Learn The Arm Stroke on Dry Land

A swimming instructor shows how you can practice the arm movements of the breaststroke at home while standing

Breaststroke Swimming Drills – Learn The Arm Stroke on Dry Land: This article lets you practice the arm stroke on dry land.

Rehearsing the arm movements on dry land first makes sense because you can practice and memorize the arm movements without having to care if you are supported by the water or not.

Arm Stroke Drills in the Water

A novice swimmer who practices the breaststroke arm movements while holding a pull buoy between his legs

Learn to Swim Breaststroke: Arm Movement Drills in the Water: The next article to learn the breaststroke lets you practice the arm movements in the water, using a pull buoy to provide buoyancy to your legs.

Coordination Drills

A swimming novice who practices the movements of the breaststroke while using a swimming noodle for additional buoyancy.

Learn to Swim Breaststroke: Drills to Coordinate Arms, Legs and Breathing: This article is the last one in our series to learn swimming breaststroke.

It covers swimming drills to coordinate the arm stroke, kick and breathing.

This time you will use water noodles to provide additional buoyancy and support in the water.

Additional Swimming Drills

A woman swimming breaststroke in an outdoor pool.

Two Kicks, One Pull: Two kicks and one pull is a classic breaststroke drill that lets you focus on your kick and improve your streamline position underwater.

Learning Path for the Breaststroke

Below is an overview of our series of articles on learning the breaststroke. Each article in this series contains one or more drills that have to be mastered. The current article is highlighted:

Once you have gone through all the steps of this learning path, you should be able to swim breaststroke without any problems.

Good luck!

Mrs Adebimpe Adefunke Metcalfe

Thursday 8th of June 2017

I am too scared to swim because when I was a child at school, my so-called friends flushed my head in the toilet and pushed me in the deep end of the swimming pool in school.

So since then, I am frightened to go in the swimming pool.


Sunday 11th of June 2017


The following page covers some techniques you can try to overcome fear of water:


Sunday 29th of November 2015

Have been following your videos and found them very helpful, but the breaststroke and backstroke arm movements of dry land will not play.

Is it possible to fix this?


Tuesday 1st of December 2015

Hi Jo,

What kind of browser and operating system are you using? Are you using a computer, tablet or smartphone? This information would be helpful to pinpoint the issue.


Vijay Borde

Wednesday 3rd of September 2014

Very educative, interesting!

Philip James Bernasol

Sunday 30th of June 2013

It is easy to learn swimming with the help of this web site!

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