Learning how to swim backstroke can be daunting for some beginners. Maybe you're one of those swimmers who gets that sinking feeling half way down the pool? Have you got room for improvement when it comes to backstroke swimming technique?
Look no further! I have broken the stroke down into separate parts so that you can focus on it one piece at at time. That makes learning and improving it a whole lot easier and boosts your confidence at the same time.
Breaking down backstroke technique into it's separate parts makes it easier to focus on one part at a time. Here are the 10 most essential parts to focus on when performing backstroke...
1. The body must be horizontal and streamlined as possible, with the head inline, eyes looking upwards and remaining steady throughout.
2. The alternating leg kick originates from the hip and remains within the body width.
3. Toes are pointed with ankles relaxed and the knees bend slightly with each kick.
4. The knee bend provides power on the upbeat phase of the kick, finishing as the toes just break the water surface.
5. The hands enter the water little finger first, palm outwards with the upper arm just brushing past the ear.
6. The arm pulls through an S shape pathway, finishing at the hip, palm downwards.
7. One arm begins to pull as the other recovers over the water surface.
8. Breathing should be regular and in time with the effort phase of the stroke.
9. The leg kick and arm actions should be controlled and steady whilst maintaining a fixed head position.
10. All actions should be smooth, continuous and relaxed.
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