Swim snorkels have become a prominent tool in swim training in recent years. The main benefits of using the snorkel concern stroke technique and mechanics, but there are a few lesser-known ways to use the snorkel as well.
Try these secret ways to use a swim snorkel at your next training session
Use to Enhance Drill Work
Certain drills benefit exclusively from using a swim snorkel. While drills are intended to help swimmers correct and improve the weaker parts of their stroke, some drills can introduce other issues that can take away from the lesson at hand.
For example, the single-arm freestyle drill, which helps swimmers work on balance, rotation, and a smooth catch and recovery, is also a drill that requires a lot of patience and concentration. Many forget to concentrate on the focus areas as they struggle to stay afloat and rotate correctly as they swim with a single arm. The swim snorkel makes it possible for swimmers to swim the single-arm freestyle without worrying about over-rotating in order to breathe. Instead, they can keep their head in the water and focus exclusively on a strong kick, steady balance, and smooth rotation while breathing freely through the snorkel.
Use During Kick Sets
If not using a kickboard for kick sets, swimmers can end up with a long list of issues as they attempt to focus on improving their kick. Without a kickboard, most swimmers will do kick sets on their side. Their body alignment typically suffers as they try to breathe with awkward head positioning as they kick without use of their arms. Hips will usually drop as they turn to breathe, which then interrupts the kick flow as well. The swim snorkel allows swimmers to stay in the correct position and alignment as they kick down the lane without needing to turn to breathe.
Use for Better Backstroke Technique
You might be thinking, “Huh? Use my swim snorkel during backstroke? My face is always out of the water!” In this case, the swim snorkel is used for purposes other than breathing. The best backstrokers swim with their heads perfectly straight, and perfectly in line with their spines. You may think you are swimming backstroke with your head straight, but how can you know for sure?
Take your swim snorkel, and turn it around so it is sticking straight in the air above your face. The snorkel will act as a kind of fin, which will then act as a visual aid and indicate whether or not your head is swaying, or if you are turning it around as you swim.
Try out these secret ways to use a swim snorkel at your next training session, and discover what works best for your swimming style. If you haven’t already hopped on the swim snorkel trend, pick one up for your next practice!