There are recognised strokes in swimming and the form of these strokes has been standardised by the rules of competiton. Unfortunately learners often feel that they need to replicate the formal strokes in order to enjoy the water.
Imagine you are in the comfort of your home and you put on some music that makes you want to dance, but you feel like you can’t, because you don’t know the steps for the ‘foxtrot’, ‘tango’ or ‘cha cha cha’. Happily, that wouldn’t really happen, because if you were feeling the music, you would just move to it in a way that felt comfortable and enjoyable to you.
If you can capture a little part of that spirit when you enter the water, ignore the desire to conform and just enjoy the feeling, you will learn more about the way you move your body through the water than you would from trying to replicate a movement and ‘get it right’.