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Why we teach front glides and back glides immediately instead of doggie paddle.
Glides are face in
Glides are easier to move farther with less effort
Glides when done correctly have same body position as all other strokes, Fr, bk, be, fly
Proper glides have arms in same position as swimming the strokes
Requires one body position to do well, position 11 or soldier.
Requires face in the water, first difficult hurdle, may keep from progressing.
After initial push low mobility
Difficulties changing direction
No emphasis on breathing
No emphasis on arms making propulsion at first.
Doggie paddle swimming, survival swimming
Can learn how to breathe
Any direction relatively easy
Head can stay above water
Can teach palms pushing against water makes you move
Requires bad body position unrelated to any stroke
Difficult to keep head above water
Inefficient movement to energy expended.
Considering those things, we focus on glides and ignore doggie paddle and discourage its use entirely.
For safety, we feel that bobbing or rolling onto backstroke glide is more effective than teaching head up doggie paddle
We teach palms pushing and arm motion as an addition to glides to create extra movement and use plat to teach palm pushing for movement.