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Teaching Front Crawl Arms
The process of teaching front crawl arms to beginners can be straight forward if each stage of the lesson plan is followed carefully.
The lesson plans on this page list some very basic drills with essential teaching points that, when followed can install a good quality arm pull technique in a beginner swimmer.
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Lesson 3: Arm Pull
Aim: to introduce basic front crawl arm action
Equipment: floaters or kickboards and buoyancy aids as needed
Entry: swivel entry
Warm up: 2 widths any stroke on the front
1. standing on the poolside demonstrating arm action
2. walking through the water using arms
3. single arm action with float held in one hand
4. repeat the above with the opposite arm
5. front crawl catch up holding a float
6. full stroke front crawl
push and glide
supine push and glide
using the pool steps or over the pool side
take your time
continuous smooth action
keep fingers together
elbow exits first
finger tips enter first
reach over the water
smooth continuous arms
stretch out long
push your hips up
take your time
Lesson 3: Arm Pull with Timings
Key parts to look out for:
- Finger tips enter first with thumb side down
- Fingers should be together
- Pull should be under the body
- Pull through to the hips
- Elbow exists the water first
- Fingers clear the water on recovery
- Hand enters the water inline with side of the head
- Fingers are apart
- Pull is to short and not to the thigh
- Lack of power in the pull
- Arm pull is too deep underwater
- Elbow not exiting first
- Arms are too straight on recovery
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