Freestyle Swimming Technique Videos

Master the stroke of Freestyle with how-to videos developed by Australian Olympic Swim Coaches.

Perfect Freestyle Swimming Technique for Maximum Speed, Power & Efficiency!

As a swimmer, its important to know what good technique looks like.

However, not all coaches and swimmers have access to a swimmer who can demonstrate optimal technique for every stroke, start, turn and finish. Even if they did, observing ideal technique isn’t enough. You also need to be able to view that technique from all angles, whilst receiving expert guidance pinpointing critical aspects, as well as articulating why they matter.

Our Stroke Model and Skills Videos provide a clear visual representation of correct technique, allowing swimmers to see the stroke movements and body position throughout different stages of the stroke. These videos come with commentary and annotations from former Australian Head Coach Leigh Nugent, offering additional insights into the nuances of correct technique. This expert guidance will provide swimmers with a deeper understanding of the mechanics involved so that they can more easily replicate this technique themselves.

The videos can be replayed multiple times, allowing swimmers to reinforce the correct technique through repetition. Consistent exposure to proper form helps to ingrain the movements into muscle memory, making it more likely that swimmers will replicate the correct technique in the pool.

“In these resources, I will show you how to perfect your stroke and achieve the correct technique used by the world’s best swimmers.”
Leigh Nugent

Former Australian Olympic head swimming coach and leading swimming educator

Freestyle Stroke Model Video

While freestyle allows for individual style preferences, mastering the timing between arm strokes, kicking, breathing and appropriate body rotation is essential for minimising drag and maximising forward momentum in the water. This freestyle stroke video clearly demonstrates and describes the correct stroke technique for swimming freestyle effectively, narrated by former Australian Head Coach, Leigh Nugent. This video is suitable for swimmers of all ages who are looking to improve the speed, power or efficiency of their freestyle stroke.

Freestyle Technique Video

The Freestyle Stroke Model video includes:

  • The ideal stroke technique for freestyle
  • The required body position for freestyle
  • The importance of good rotation
  • How to kick correctly for both propulsion and for anchoring of the body
  • The arm pull pattern and importance of the catch
  • The recovery of the arms in freestyle
  • The correct position of the hand on entry for each stroke
  • The correct timing of the arms in relation to each other, and
  • When and how to breathe correctly

Understanding Freestyle

This six-part video series is designed to help you better understand freestyle, particularly from a mechanical and efficiency point of view.

Freestyle Technique Video

This video series explains the key components of:

  • Body position
  • Rotation
  • The leg kick
  • The arm stroke
  • Breathing
  • Timing

Freestyle Starts, Turns & Finishes

This three-part video series demonstrates the correct way to complete a freestyle start, freestyle turn and freestyle finish.

Freestyle Technique Video

This video series explains the key components of:

  • Freestyle start & breakout
  • Freestyle turn
  • Freestyle finish

Coach Contributors

Leigh Nugent


Leigh Nugent is one of the best technical swimming coaches in the world. As National Youth Coach for Swimming Australia from 2000 to 2003 and again from 2005 to 2009, Leigh has worked with many of the best up and coming swimmers and coaches in Australia and around the world. Leigh was the Head Coach of Swimming Australia in 2003-2004 and again in 2009-2012, leading the sport to its most successful Olympics since Melbourne 1956 in Athens in 2004.

Gary Barclay


Gary Barclay has been involved in the sport of swimming for more than 30 years in a variety of capacities including as a swim teacher, swimming coach, athlete manager, event manager and 17 years as CEO of one of the most successful swimming clubs in Australia. Gary coached swimming for 12 years and was very successful with junior and age group swimmers with swimmers winning more than 100 gold medals at the State Championship level.

Our Experience

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