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Friday – Falling into Breaststroke

I have written about have swimmers perform breaststroke as though it is swam ‘downhill’. Oftentimes, the words we choose to use with swimmers will spark that change in technique we are looking for. Another phrase the I use to get swimmers thinking about swimming breaststroke downhill is: “Swim it [breaststroke] as though you are falling into each glide. Swimmers can begin to thinking about leaning forward into each glide, looking down at the water rather, pulling upwards and forwards, then falling, or diving, into each glide.

Warm Up

200m F/S

Main Set

8 x 50m as 25m BR/S kick with arms extended, 25m BR/S full stroke @1.45

8 x 50m as 25m BR/S drill – two kicks – 1 pull, 25m BR/S full stroke @1.30

Open turn work

5 x 50m BR/S good form and perfect turns @1.30


Total: 1300m

Richard Bruford View All

Richard is currently Secondary School Principal of Suzhou Singapore International School, one of China's leading international schools. He leads workshops across the Asia-Pacific region for the International Baccalaureate in the areas of pedagogical leadership and approaches to teaching and learning. Richard consults with schools on the topics of school improvement and effective implementation and use of technology.

With a background in public and independent school education in the UK and Australia, Richard is enjoying his international school adventure in China. He is passionate about developing and supporting educational leaders, as it is essential to improving all schools.

Richard is a proud family man and feels lucky to be married to Kim and father of their son Austin.

In his spare time Richard enjoys to swim, bike and run and is a now retired football player and coach (with occasional guest appearances)

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