Try This – a series of short tips you can try yourself, straight from the master Steven Shaw…
Try This # 4: Turn to breathe before you need to take a breath. . .
Many novice crawl swimmers as they are uncomfortable with breathing in during the crawl swim too many strokes and as a result are desperate to breathe in by and therefore can’t help gasping. This often leads to swallowing water or getting it up the nose.
It’s best to have some air left so when making the transition between the air and the water you are still able to breathe out just before you passively inhale.