What Is Interrupted Breathing

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    Interrupted Breathing is a way of turning to breathe from Skate Position. 

    The intention behind this breathing position is to ‘interrupt’ the stroke but maintain long, balanced, streamline body that is immediately ready to resume swimming when you are. It is the position to rest that requires the least amount of effort to hold – lower heart rate, calmer breathing.

    For this reason we teach it as a self-rescue or self-calming position for children, open-water swimmers and triathletes. Counter-intuitively, it works very well in rough water.

    Interrupted breathing is suitable:

    • when using during drills that have you pause in Skate Position
    • when doing drills over a full length of the pool and stopping in the middle is disruptive to other swimmers
    • when swimming whole stroke
    • when in the middle of a race or rough water and you need to recover your breath and composure
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