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The first step in teaching freestyle is to teach the correct body position.

We call it “Position 11” because we start with the arms extended and parallel.

I am a big believer in streamline, but when I teach freestyle we start with the arms exactly parallel and the hands flat.

The swimmer should look straight down at the bottom of the pool, with the head in a neutral position, and with the arms higher than the ears.

The lower back should be flat, and we push the belly button in a little to get them into this position.

The body should be relaxed, but not loose.