Perfect your swimming technique [videos]

If you're looking to improve your swimming strokes and not yet at your peak, the technique videos on our YouTube channel will help you progress. All six feature James Goddard and have been included in this post so you can use it as a point of reference.

James is an award winning British swimmer who represented Great Britain in the Olympics, FINA World Championships and European Championships. James also swam for England in the Commonwealth Games, and runs regular swim training camps throughout Europe.

Freestyle (front crawl)

Freestyle breathing: How to get it under control

Tumble turns: How to change direction quickly under water

How to master breaststroke

How to finesse backstroke (back crawl)

How to master the butterfly

Swimming benefits the whole body and it's an ideal way to strengthen your muscles making your feel stronger and healthier. What's more if you mix up your strokes, you can target different parts of your body. You may find swimming relaxes your body, clears your mind and reduces anxiety. Swimming is one of the best ways to burn calories. A gentle 30 minute swim can burn twice as many calories as walking with a faster longer swim burning up to 500 calories an hour. Read this post to find out what the benefits of swimming are.