Meet Matthew. This was a college student who I trained from the ground up. When he came to me he did not know how to swim and within six months developed into what you see in this video. After teaching body awareness and body balance, I move onto streamline and then freestyle. Here Matthew is taking long strokes and using fins to help propel himself through the water.
His fins are a bit longer so he can feel the kick better. He was carrying a bit of extra weight in this video so I encourage him to do multiple lengths to boost his cardiovascular strength as well as stimulate weight loss. His timing is off on his breaths a bit as he was just starting with rhythmic breathing (alternate side to side). With the right motivation and the right coach, anybody can learn how to swim.