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Adequate swimming skills is the key to being a successful lifeguard Being that freestyle is the fastest stroke improving your speed and stroke is important while training to be a lifeguard One of the main points discussed in the article I read called Pinky Power was about the importance of the placement of your pinky in the duration of each step of the freestyle stroke The article also touched upon the importance of patience and relaxation while learning and perfecting the technique discussed And last but not least a few different drills are mentioned to help with improving skills Overall I personally found this article helpful to me in that my skills were far from flawless upon beginning my lifeguard training The title and main point of the article was the importance of the placement of the pinky in the duration of the stroke It was noted that during the catch phase of the stroke the pinky should be kept up in order to prevent slippage Your pinky should also be facing out from your hip while pushing away from your body These two things are important because keeping your pinky above your forefinger also forces the use of the appropriate muscle groups and causes you to adjust the rhythm between your hands and hips In the process of learning these techniques it is important to not become distraught and to keep your body from being stiff While trying to incorporate these techniques into your stroke it can at first slow you down and seem to be very complicated Also the muscle group this technique uses will take time to adjust and will take more energy to move your body past your hand in the beginning therefore keeping your forearm relaxed is important In the long run affiliating these techniques will benefit your speed with less exhaustion and less strokes per lap Drills can be important for an overall workout for the entire body which
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