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...