One piece of equipment that you might want to consider adding to your gear bag is a training snorkel. A snorkel is a great tool to use for working on your skills and technique to further develop your stroke. Here’s a few ways that snorkels can help you improve your swimming.

Balance to your stroke

By using a snorkel, you do not need to worry about the breathing position and can focus purely on keeping your stroke balanced and under control. When we are working on our stroke, it can be easy to lose balance and control when breathing.

Encourages a good head position

When wearing a snorkel, it can be easier for you to get the correct head position and maintain it throughout the stroke.

Great for kick sets

When developing your kick, it can be good to use a snorkel because it gives you the opportunity to kick with your body in the correct body position due to not needing to lift your head up.

Perfect to help keep straight in the water

Swimming straight in the water is something most people don’t think about when trying to swim faster. Wearing a snorkel can help you to swim straight and keep your head aligned, ultimately leading to a faster stroke.

Leads to a fuller kick

When rolling to breathe, many fall into the trap of the legs crossing over each other sacrificing the kick. Wearing a snorkel can help to get a stronger kick as you no longer need to roll to breathe, giving you the perfect opportunity to maintain the full kick throughout the stroke.

These are some solid reasons for adding a snorkel to your equipment collection. Hopefully you will see these benefits to your stroke, and lead to a stronger, technical stroke.

Good luck and happy swimming!

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Jacob Garrod works for AUT Millennium Swim School and the Schools Programme. He started back in February 2015 and teaches from Breather Level right through to Development Two. Whilst working part time, he is also in the home stretch of completing his Bachelor of Business Degree at Massey University in Albany. Jacob learned to swim aged three, and became a competitive swimmer at the age of 7. He continued right through until 22, clocking up 15 years in the sport. He specialised in breaststroke and has represented New Zealand on the international level, attending two Oceania Championships in 2014 and 2016, where he managed to get five medals - three gold, and two silver. Jacob also attended the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, in Nanjing, China, and the 2017 World University Games, in Taipei, Taiwan. Jacob attended multiple National Championships where he managed to get medals throughout the years, from junior level, to age group level, right through to open level.