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a ladder. The hands, slightly cupped, fingers joined,
thumb along the forefinger, reach forward and pull on
the water. They reach as far forward as possible with-
out exertion and pull back on the water. The legs push
back on the water by being doubled up and extended
to the rear. Left leg and left arm, right leg and right
arm, work together. Since legs and arms do not break
surface, this is a useful stroke for silent swimming.
Figure 3. Dog paddle is elementary swimming stroke; used for si'ent
swimming. Hands reach forward and pull back; legs push away on
the water; left leg and arm and right leg and arm work together.
b..Breast stroke (fig. 4). The breast stroke, like the
dog paddle, is an extremely easy and relaxed stroke.
It can be used in all types of water, calm or choppy,
and should be done with the head held high for better
observation. It is also used for underwater swimming.
This is a good stroke to use when carrying equipment
on the back. By splashing with hands and arms on the
forward movement, the breast stroke may be used to
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