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    I've got a chronic illness which means gentle exercising once or twice a week is recommended to manage it.
    I've started to go swimming (as of last week), but I found it soooo tough, I know i've been ill and everything but I made it through 4 ish lengths and had to get outta there!
    I think it's my swimming technique that's all wrong, my back is arched upwards coz I don't like putting my face in the water, so I can't swim fast or for very long.
    I also seem to have invented my own swimming style too, it's like halfway between the crawl and the breaststroke.
    I am getting breatless soooo quickly, any ideas on ways to self-teach myself how to swim properly? I can't afford proper swimming lessons!

    We call that stroke doggy-paddle.
    When I taught kids how to swim, I used to get them to swim with a float. So that their heads could stay out of the water but they could still move by kicking their legs, until they were comfortable with putting their head in the water.

    Take a look on youtube at the swimming tutorials, they might give you an idea as to how to go about setting yourself goals for stroke improvement. also you can get some quite good books on swimming technique - probably look online for these, look for ones by the ASA. Other than that just practice and also a wee hint I know that sometimes putting your face in the water can be uncomfortable but if you can get over that it will help with the issue of becoming tired very quickly - you're creating resistance by arching your back. Good luck and happy swimming

    With breast stroke/front crawl unless you put your face in the water then you will be arching your back and it can become quite uncomfortable.
    Maybe you should try back stroke? It is the easiest stroke to learn I think and least strenuous.
    To start with you can use a float and use one arm until you feel confident using both arms.
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