In case you are fond of swimming and wish to become faster and more efficient backstroke swimmer in pool, then follow my today’s tips. This post will help you correct some of the common mistakes and thereby improve your backstroke swimming.
Tip 1: Keep your face pointing straight up: Resist the urge to look around. If you move your head over to your shoulder, you won’t be rotating properly in the water. The only one part of the body not involved in body rolls is the head so this should be still when swimming backstroke.
Tip 2: Relax your neck: When you relax your neck, your body will automatically straighten out. Forget to tuck your chin, try to push your chin up toward the ceiling more.
Tip 3: Kick with loose ankles: When we are kicking, the goal is not to push water up or down; it is to push water back. Always try to kick with loose ankles.
Tip 4: Reduce your knee bend: Always kick from your hips and keep your knees below the surface of the water.
Tip 5: Shoulder and Hip rotation: Both shoulders and hips are very important in backstroke swimming. Your hips power the kick and much of your pulling motion. To maximize the pull, you’ll need to accelerate your arms through the water for which your shoulders should follow the arms to speed up the strokes.
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I hope you’ll join us next week for a look at backstroke! Please let us have your queries and comments in the feedback.
* Put the Puddle Jumper under the student’s back upside down and backwards.
* It is always ideal to use a teaching aide like this that allows the student to actually do the drill as independently as possible, without Teacher-Holds.
* Jordan used to splash the water with his hands as he pulled to his legs. Wearing the Puddle Jumper this way is helping to improve his pull. Because of where the arm sleeves are located, he is forced to keep his hands under the water when he pulls to his legs.
*. This swimmer hit his head on the wall during Backstroke Practice. He hit it especially hard because, he was swimming fast with fins.
*. Hitting the wall hard on Backstroke is dangerous. Coaches must warn them of the potential of crashing into the wall. Teach them how to use THE BACKSTROKE FLAGS.
*. Because he is wearing fins, he can’t do the usual stroke count. Therefore, Ginny instructed all the kids to only do a couple strokes after the flags, followed by a one-arm-up kick until reaching the wall.
*. Teach Backstroke Stroke Count from the flags: All Backstroke flags should be 15 feet from the wall. Everyone has their own personal stroke count. It has to do with their body size and arm length, kick and pull strength, speed and stroke technique.
This video describes the UNIQUE SMART FISH METHOD BACKSTROKE FINISH INSTRUCTION: Build your stroke count Progression from the flags.
* AFTER PASSING FROM THE FLAGS TO THE WALL:
– STEP 1: One-Arm-Up Kick to the wall
– STEP 2: Two Pulls + One-Arm-Up Kick to the wall
– STEP 3: Four Pulls + One-Arm-Up Kick to the wall
– STEP 4: Six Pulls + One-Arm-Up Kick to the wall
– STEP 5: Eight Pulls + One-Arm-Up Kick to the wall
– STEP 6: Nine Pulls + One-Arm-Up Kick to the wall
The first time he did this with nine pulls, he turned over on his tummy before he touched the wall. He was told to NEVER do that when he FINISHES his backstroke race, or he will be disqualified… No Ribbon.
He tried again and did it correctly the second time.
SUPER DUPER POLLIWOG = Swimming and reaching up to grab the wall, while the head stays down (in the water.) Begin teaching this in Grade 1… Must be mastered in Grade 4
*. Hold the child by their hips, lifting them so they are horizontal – at the surface.
*. Do not allow pulling to the wall. Make sure they are ONLY REACHING.
*. If necessary, press them down on the knape of the neck or lower back of his head
*. NEXT: GRADE 3/4 SUPER DUPER SEA LION = Roll from a Back Float into a head-down swim & reach to the top of the wall.
* It’s almost like you’re playing…”Itsy Bitsy Spider.”
*. Hannah is not as big, not as strong, so she needs to roll her face in & keep it down in order to reach & grab the wall
*. LO… Christian just said…”That’s because I eat my vegetables.
*. If Hannah would kick on her back, this would be easier for her.
*. She loses momentum when doing SEAL = SWIM..BACK FLOAT.. SWIM
*. IDEALLY, by now…she should have mastered SUPER SEAL: continuous kicking during the SEAL cycle = “KICK & ROLL SWIMMING.”
*. We spend most of her lesson working on her kicking skills (both front & back). Hannah would improve faster by motoring through the pool in a Puddle Jumper, during playtime.
*. WHEN COMPARING HANNAH’S & CHRISTIAN’S KICKING SKILLS: Christian has spent many hours enjoying freedom and kicking practice in floating devices while waiting for his sister’s lesson to finish. It has clearly helped him master his kick.
* FINALLY: SUPER DUPER SEAHORSE = Fall into the pool, roll-over to back float or back swim… roll back over and swim &/or reach up to grab the wall.