Swimming freestyle

Freestyle Swimming Rules

There are many claims to the origins of the freestyle swimming stroke. 

In Australia we credit Solomon Islander, Alick Wickham with inventing the stroke back in the 1900’s, but there are reports of native Americans using the style in 1844 to beat the Brits with ease. The Brits were determined to swim breaststroke as they thought the thrashing style of freestyle was barbaric.

There are very few rules about swimming freestyle, hence its name. 

The MSA swimming rules state that Freestyle means that in an event so designated the swimmer may swim any style.

In individual medley or medley relay events, freestyle means any style other than backstroke, breaststroke or butterfly. You may find in training sessions that these three strokes are referred to as “form”.

In Freestyle some part of the swimmer must touch the wall upon completion of each length and at the finish.

Some part of the swimmer must break the surface of the water throughout the race, except it shall be permissible for the swimmer to be completely submerged during the turn and for a distance of not more than 15 metres after the start and each turn. By that point, the head must have broken the surface.

And that is it. 

It is less likely that you will be disqualified from a freestyle race, because there are fewer rules with this stroke than any other. 

Fancy putting your freestyle to the test? 

Why not join the Redcliffe Peninsula Masters Swimming Club.