"Before I showed her how to do the breaststroke she could only do the doggy paddle"
Michael Phelps Swimming Breaststroke
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeMichael Phelps Swimming Breaststroke - Credit: Karen Blaha

The breaststroke is a popular swimming style among beginners because the head is above the water for the majority of the time. However, it is the slowest form of competitive swimming.



Doggy Paddle is considered the most basic, and most inefficient, form of swimming.