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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...

Do Your Swimmers Have a Routine

Do Your Swimmers Have a Routine

Over the past few months I have been able to get to competitions and observe a variety of athletes from age group through to senior experienced swimmers. A key observation is that the athletes that seem to prepare for their races with routine and walk behind the...

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...

Fastest Backstroke to Breaststroke Turn

Fastest Backstroke to Breaststroke Turn

Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about the backstroke to breaststroke turn in the individual medley.  How do you do your backstroke to breaststroke turn as a swimmer?  Is it the most effective and efficient way?  Do you know what to look for as a coach or...

How to Correct a Short Stroke in Freestyle

How to Correct a Short Stroke in Freestyle

QUESTION: Hi, in freestyle my child has a short stroke both at entry and at the end of the pull. How can this be corrected? Are there drills they can work on? Thank you Jenny ANSWER: Hi Jenny, For swimmers who short stroke at the beginning and end of their stroke I...

Breaststroke Pull

Breaststroke Pull

I am in the very fortunate position of visiting many coaching programs around Australia.  These range from high performance programs to small country and metropolitan programs. During my visits, I like to take the opportunity to observe the various levels of teaching...

Teaching and Correcting Breaststroke

Teaching and Correcting Breaststroke

Jerome coaches and teaches swimming to children of various age groups and asks the following questions about breaststroke. "What I find is that there is an inconsistency in the style of breaststroke taught. Although I feel confident in the type of stroke that I want,...

Improving Starts, Turns and Finishes with SCA

Improving Starts, Turns and Finishes with SCA

Calling all swim coaches! Improve your coaching of starts, turns and finishes. Each week we receive many requests from swim coaches who would like to know what sort of content is provided in the Swim Coach Advantage program. Members are provided with: access to live...

Pre race Preparation and Instructions

Pre race Preparation and Instructions

So, what should a coach say to a junior athlete prior to a race? We have been asked many times to provide some examples of what you will get as a member of Swim Coach Advantage. This is just one example of the many different videos that are provided to members. Find...

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