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Digital Subscriptions > Outdoor Swimmer > May 19 > MASTERING THE ART OF BREATHING


This month, guest coach Keri-anne Payne helps swimmers master breathing

At Straight-Line Swimming, breathing is our number one fundamental skill when it comes to coaching swimmers.This is the same if a swimmer is a beginner or an elite level athlete. Breathing is also the most underrated skill taught to swimmers around the world.

When we talk about breathing we are not talking about how many strokes you take until you take a breath, we are talking about the amount of oxygen you breathe in and the way you breathe when you swim.


he one thing we as humans cannot live without is oxygen so why do so many people disregard it as an important skill to master when it comes to swimming? We all have an inbuilt caveman instinct which is the need to have constant access to oxygen and as soon as our brain thinks we might not get access, it kicks into overdrive. Cortisol is released and our brain switches into ‘ight or light’ mode. No longer are we accessing the logic part of our brain.

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Swim into Spring! We are very excited this issue to welcome Keri-anne Payne, Olympic silver medallist and double 10k open water world champion, as our guest coach. She joins Cassie Patten, our regular Olympian contributor, to bring you top training and technique advice to get you fitter and faster in the open water this summer. We also have training session ideas using all four strokes, advice to help you overcome negative thoughts on race day and the ultimate guide to wetsuit care and maintenance. And in our Gear pages this issue we test a full range of open water swimming wetsuits. As ever we have the most comprehensive UK and international event listings to help you plan your summer swims.