Informative Speech on Swimming Essay

Words: 1983
Pages: 8


General Purpose: To inform

Specific Purpose Statement: To inform my audience about the history and development of swim along with its applications.

Central Idea: Swimming has a long and rich history that dates back way before our generations and is not always as beneficial as we may think.

Method of Organization: Topical


I. (Gain attention and interest) I remember joining the high school swim team back in my sophomore year. I remember struggling to catch a breath in between every stroke while simultaneously trying not to breath in any water. To be honest, swimming scared me, but drowning scared me more.

III. (Establish credibility) Even though the risk of drowning may seem daunting,
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i. The freestyle can be described as the alternate rotation of the arms in and out of the water. ii. The kicking motion for freestyle is known as the flutter kick, which is an alternating up and down movement of the legs with the feet fully extended. iii. Unlike it’s underdeveloped form, aka the front crawl, the freestyle is performed with the head faced down in the water.
1. The body should be completely parallel with the water.
2. To breathe, swimmers exhale completely while facing the water and simply rotate their heads to either side bringing it just above the surface of the water to inhale.
C. The backstroke is similar to the freestyle, but as the name mentions it is performed while on the back.
i. Backstroke consists of alternating rotations of the arms through the water.
1. As one of the arms enter the water, the submerged arm bends as a means to better catch the water and propel the swimmer.
2. At the same time as the one arm is in the water, the other arm should be straight out of the water moving in the same direction as the underwater arm. ii. The backstroke uses a flutter kick as well and is significant for keeping the body parallel to the water. iii. Since the backstroke is performed while on the back, swimmers can breathe as much as they want.
D. The third stroke, breaststroke, is the slowest of all competitive strokes.
i. The earlier version of the breaststroke performed by The English had the head out of the water