Butterfly Swimming Technique Videos

Master the stroke of Butterfly with how-to videos developed by Australian Olympic Swim Coaches.

Perfect Butterfly Swimming Technique for Maximum Speed, Power & Efficiency!

As a swimmer, its important to know what good technique looks like.

However, not all coaches and swimmers have access to a swimmer who can demonstrate optimal technique for every stroke, start, turn and finish. Even if they did, observing ideal technique isn’t enough. You also need to be able to view that technique from all angles, whilst receiving expert guidance pinpointing critical aspects, as well as articulating why they matter.

Our Stroke Model and Skills Videos provide a clear visual representation of correct technique, allowing swimmers to see the stroke movements and body position throughout different stages of the stroke. These videos come with commentary and annotations from former Australian Head Coach Leigh Nugent, offering additional insights into the nuances of correct technique. This expert guidance will provide swimmers with a deeper understanding of the mechanics involved so that they can more easily replicate this technique themselves.

The videos can be replayed multiple times, allowing swimmers to reinforce the correct technique through repetition. Consistent exposure to proper form helps to ingrain the movements into muscle memory, making it more likely that swimmers will replicate the correct technique in the pool.

“In these resources, I will show you how to perfect your stroke and achieve the correct technique used by the world’s best swimmers.”

Leigh Nugent

Former Australian Olympic head swimming coach and leading swimming educator

Butterfly Stroke Model Video

Whilst swimming butterfly is difficult for many, using this correct technique will improve your butterfly dramatically. This butterfly stroke video clearly demonstrates and describes the correct stroke technique for swimming butterfly effectively, narrated by former Australian Head Coach, Leigh Nugent. This video is suitable for swimmers of all ages who are looking to improve the speed, power or efficiency of their butterfly stroke.

Butterfly Technique Stroke Model

The Butterfly Stroke Model video includes:

  • The ideal stroke technique for butterfly
  • Where the face looks when not breathing
  • Where the face looks when breathing
  • The correct position for the hands to enter the water
  • How to effect a strong catch on the water after entry
  • The critical key to a correct arm recovery
  • How to kick correctly, and
  • The timing of the arms, legs and breathing
  • How swimming butterfly can become relatively easy by implementing this model

Understanding Butterfly

This six-part video series is designed to help you better understand butterfly, particularly from a mechanical and efficiency point of view.

Butterfly Technique Stroke

This video series explains the key components of:

  • Body position
  • The arm pull
  • The arm recovery
  • The leg kick
  • Breathing
  • Timing

Butterfly Starts, Turns & Finishes

This three-part video series demonstrates the correct way to complete a butterfly start, butterfly turn and butterfly finish.

Butterfly Technique Training series with Leigh Nugent

This video series explains the key components of:

  • Butterfly start & breakout
  • Butterfly turn
  • Butterfly finish

Coach Contributors

Leigh Nugent


Leigh Nugent is one of the best technical swimming coaches in the world. As National Youth Coach for Swimming Australia from 2000 to 2003 and again from 2005 to 2009, Leigh has worked with many of the best up and coming swimmers and coaches in Australia and around the world. Leigh was the Head Coach of Swimming Australia in 2003-2004 and again in 2009-2012, leading the sport to its most successful Olympics since Melbourne 1956 in Athens in 2004.

Gary Barclay


Gary Barclay has been involved in the sport of swimming for more than 30 years in a variety of capacities including as a swim teacher, swimming coach, athlete manager, event manager and 17 years as CEO of one of the most successful swimming clubs in Australia. Gary coached swimming for 12 years and was very successful with junior and age group swimmers with swimmers winning more than 100 gold medals at the State Championship level.

Our Experience

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State Swimmers

National Age Gold Medallists

International Medallists