The technique for ensuring you are the first swimmer off the racing block for each stroke is unique. But there are some simple steps you can take to give you the best start in the water.
The first one is to never dive into a pool less than 1.5 metres deep! Here are some more by stroke.
FRONT CRAWL AND BUTTERFLY STARTS
Swimmers need to dive in for breaststroke in the same way as in front crawl and butterfly. However, in breaststroke competitions, swimmers are not permitted to use a continuous dolphin or flutter leg kick at the start or turns.
Instead, competitors are allowed one arm stroke back to their legs (like after a turn) and a single dolphin kick, followed by a breaststroke kick before they must begin their stroke above the water.