I get this question all the time from my beginner to intermediate level swimmers, pertaining to swimming freestyle: "Christi, I have such a hard time breathing. It seems like I can never get enough air. Do you have any tips for how to make it easier to breathe?"
Yes, I do! Several in fact. The first thing: realize and accept that you are swimming, not running or anything else, and you can't just breathe whenever you want.
Second: Hold your breath! What? Yes, hold your breath. Holding your breath will make your swimming breathing easier! Read on. . .