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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...

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...

5 Tips For Maximising Your Pre-Race Warmup

5 Tips For Maximising Your Pre-Race Warmup

The pre-race warmup can make or break your performance on competition day. Find out the top 5 tips to maximise your pre-race warmup time to ensure you are at your optimal condition in time for your event. Know what time you need to be at the pool for warm up. Prior to...

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...

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