One Simple Tool To Improve Your Swim Technique

As a triathlon coach, I've worked with many athletes who struggle with their swimming and are looking for ways to improve their technique and form. One tool that I recommend to my athletes to help them focus on their swimming form is the snorkel. A snorkel can be a powerful tool to help you improve your swimming by allowing you to focus on your technique and form, especially with regards to breathing and body position.

Here are some specific drills and tips to get the most out of your snorkel training:

Master Your Breathing
  • Breathing is a critical aspect of swimming, and using a snorkel can help you improve your breathing technique. To get started, practice swimming with a snorkel and focus on taking slow, deep breaths in and out of the tube. Try to keep your face in the water as much as possible and avoid lifting your head to breathe. This will help you develop a more efficient and consistent breathing pattern.

Improve Your Body Position
  • Using a snorkel can also help you improve your body position in the water. To get the most out of this tool, focus on keeping your body long and streamlined, with your head down and your hips high in the water. Try the "Superman Drill" by swimming with your arms extended above your head and your legs close together to help improve your body position and alignment.

Develop Your Pull Technique
  • Another benefit of using a snorkel is that it allows you to focus on your pull technique without worrying about your breathing. To improve your pull technique, try using paddles with your snorkel to increase resistance and build strength. You can also try the "One Arm Drill" to help you focus on your pull technique and arm position.

Build Your Endurance
  • Endurance is an important aspect of swimming, especially for triathletes. Using a snorkel can help you build your endurance by allowing you to focus on your stroke and form without worrying about your breathing. Try incorporating longer distance sets into your training routine with your snorkel to build your endurance and swim longer distances comfortably.

In summary, using a snorkel can be an effective tool to help you improve your swimming technique and form. By mastering your breathing, improving your body position, developing your pull technique, and building your endurance, you'll be well on your way to becoming a better and more confident swimmer. If you need further guidance or specific coaching advice, don't hesitate to reach out to a qualified coach or visit our website at, where we offer personalized coaching services and training plans designed to help you achieve your triathlon goals.