Quite possibly the slowest among the four basic strokes, it is mostly used for recreational swimming, and is almost always the first swim stroke acquired by beginning swimmers.

However, this does not mean it cannot be swum powerfully and at speed. With the right stroke techniques, the breaststroke serves well as a stroke for leisure, fitness, and muscle toning purposes.

STEP 1: Body is streamlined but at a small angle, eyes looking forward and down.
STEP 2: Arms pull to side back and down, hands staying in front of shoulders.
STEP 3: Breathe out and take a breath quickly.
STEP 4: As the arms complete their action, the legs are drawn up.
STEP 5: As arms push forward, legs drive back with feet turned out.
STEP 6: Let the momentum flow and hold a short glide before starting the next cycle.