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Teaching Front Crawl Timing and Coordination
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Lesson 5: Timing
Aim: to introduce a basic front crawl timing pattern
Equipment: floaters or kickboards, buoyancy aids and sinkers as needed
Entry: swivel entry
Warm up: 2 widths any stroke on the front
1. push and glide from the poolside
2. push and glide holding a float, adding leg kicks
3. Alternate arm pulls holding a float in front
4. Front crawl 'catch up'
5. Push and glide adding kicks, then arm pulls
6. full stroke front crawl
supine star floats
submerge to collect sinkers
using the pool steps or over the pool side
take your time
hands and feet together
count kicks '1,2,3,4,5,6'
count '1,2,3' each pull
continuous leg kicks
count your kicks
continuous arms and legs
look up at the sky
deep breath and relax
take your time
Lesson 5: Timing and Coordination
Key parts to look out for:
- Smooth and continuous arm pulls, without pause
- Relaxed and continuous leg kicks
- One leg kick per arm pull (although a 'one beat cycle' is common in some adult beginners)
- Continuous leg kick but not enough arm pulls
- Arm pulls are too irregular
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