Kicking Above Water

Kicking Above Water

Over time I have noticed that there is an overwhelming amount of young swimmers who I have witnessed in training kicking above the water. Their feet are spending more timing out of the water than in the water and this is particularly evident when they are on their...
The Essential Elements of Backstroke

The Essential Elements of Backstroke

What are the essential elements of backstroke?  There are some key concepts that all backstroke swimmers should adhere to. Listed below are the essential elements of backstroke. If you would like to see these points discussed in a video format that you can watch over...
Selecting Appropriate Competitions

Selecting Appropriate Competitions

Over recent weeks I have been coaching some young children with varying levels of ability, fitness, skill accomplishment and experience and it’s prompted me to write on this topic. In addition to this I have attended a number of competitions which were pitched at...
The Use of Fins

The Use of Fins

Fins are a very useful piece of equipment for both the developing and the accomplished swimmer. Fins can be used in a variety of ways – provide increased propulsion – provide assistance in an effort to improve stroke technique. – overload the legs when used for high...
Basic Mechanics of Freestyle Kick & Backstroke Kick

Basic Mechanics of Freestyle Kick & Backstroke Kick

The technique for freestyle kick and backstroke kick is based on very similar mechanical principals for each of these strokes. Key points: • The legs are extended. • Significant plantar flexion of the feet is an advantage in generating propulsion. • The leg swings...