My fave is Freestyle. Then Breastroke, Backstroke, & Butterfly.
I was my School's both Swimming, & Open Champion, aged 17, & 18.
My times for 50m Freestyle were 26secs., & 100m, 56secs.
At 14, I set a record for 50m Breastroke, & it was 18 years' before it was broken, & then, only by 1/10th of a second!
In conjunction with my swimming, I did 'Life Saving' exams. In my State, I was the youngest student to complete an 'Award of Merit' at age 16!
On two separate occasions', I rescued a girl each, from the bottom of School pool.
I loved/love swimming, & I'm pleased it's compulsory at School.
I believe everybody should learn, as it's 'no burden' to carry'!
Thanks, dewatk! I used to train 2 MILES' each day, from when I was 13 until 19!
AND we didn't have the added advantage of the 'porpoise kick', that they're allowed to do, in this day, & age, which, of course, makes one's movement through the water faster, at race beginning!
But when I'd completed my 'starting dive, by the time I'd surfaced, I'd reached the 15m mark!
I powered off the block, flew through the air, then slammed onto the water, so I didn't go too deep, because that was 'time lost'! It was a 'unique' starting dive!
When the swimming teacher, AKA Meg@ B!tch From Hell pushes your head under the water and tries to drown you because you are afraid - at nine years of age and having never SEEN a pool before - well, it ruins swimming forever. (and I have tried many times to learn). I hate, loathe and detest water and I never go near it if at all possible.
Yes, jonaj, Butterfly is the most difficult to do, as the stroke makes the whole body lift out of the water. The power must come from the arms, shoulders, & back. The kicking motion adds to that power!
As a 'result' of my swimming career, which went to State level, I've got 24" wide shoulders, with still much power in them, no hips, & no bum! But my height of 5'8" was an advantage, too! Cheers to you!
I think the one I like is called the breast stroke. I prefer to swim in a pool than the ocean. I can swim, but not that well. I have a terrible fear of water, so I never go down the deep end. I don't like putting my head under water. I did do swimming lessons to overcome my fear, but it didn't really work. I am competent in the water, and can save myself if needed. I don't do much swimming, unless I am on holidays, and then I love to use the pool at the hotel, or resort, or cruise liner.
Oh! Lluxi......Breastroke's the least tiring of all the swimming strokes!
If people find themselves 'in difficulties', they MUST swim breaststroke! They can see where they're going, & can keep swmming, for a long time!