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Smartfish Method Grade 11 Breaststroke – Synchronizing the Arm Recovery With the Kick

In SFM Grade 10, we teach a more segmented type Breaststroke where the arms complete the pull cycle into a streamlined position. Then the swimmer does the breaststroke kick, ending in a three count glide.

In SFM Grade 11, we teach them to synchronize the recovery of the arms with the push back part of the breaststroke kick, ending in a streamlined glide, before beginning the cycle of Pull-Breathe-Kick-Glide again.

– This is a fun way to teach the student to begin sychronizing the stroke.
TODAY WAS ANGUS’S LAST LESSON AT WATERSAFE SWIM SCHOOL. He is moving to Boston. Angus… I (Ginny) am really going to miss you. You’re a great kid – I wish you great success.

LONG MAY YOU SWIM! Keep in touch!

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Tips To Improve Your Backstroke Swimming

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.

If you do not have a friend or a coach with expertise to assist you, then join Watersafe Swim School and here you can watch yourself improve.

I hope you’ll join us next week for a look at backstroke! Please let us have your queries and comments in the feedback.

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Smart Fish Method Build Your Stroke Count Progression From Flags to Wall

*. 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.
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.