Hot Swimming & Diving How-Tos

How To: Use isometric exercises to change swimming stroke

This swim technique video series from a professional swimming coach hones in on the fine details for developing perfect alignment and stroke to help make you a better, more competitive athlete. The coach demonstrates the proper way to use swimming equipment and how to position your body to condition your swimming performace. This series is particularly helpful in that not only is the coaching beneficial, but the drills, including dryland training, are shown in practice. It's the next best thi...

How To: Power off the blocks in swimming

Most top swimmers use the grab start to get their race under way. This gets you moving off the blocks quickly and into the water smoothly. The starter will not begin the race until everybody is ready and still. This is really important because you can be disqualified if you fall in before the start or if you are slow getting ready. Follow along in this how-to animation to learn the best method to power off the blocks in swimming.

How To: Do exercises to improve your swim speed

Without speed, you'd swim like a turtle at your swim club races, which is okay if you're into leisurely paced losing. Whether you're navigating away from a hungry shark who likes your "Family Guy" swim trunks or trying to finally snag that "First Place" trophy, speed is something you can always improve on.

How To: Improve the back crawl turn in swimming

This quick how-to animation demonstrates who to do a back crawl turn in swimming. The hardest thing to do in the back crawl turn is to find the wall. There are a couple of ways to do this. The first is to look for the flags across the pool and count your strokes from the flags. The other is to count how many strokes it takes to get from one end to the other. You need to leave space to turn on to your front and tumble, so don't count all the way to the end of the pool.

How To: Flip turn in three easy steps

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to do flip turns in three easy steps. The first step is to be able to do a regular somersault. Begin by standing on the black line away from the wall and execute a flip. The second step is to stand at arms-length away from the wall and execute a flip without touching the wall. The third step is to execute a flip that is arms-length away from the wall. Land the feet on the wall and pause with hands above the head. This video will benefit those viewers ...

How To: Practice the single arm drill for swimming

Check out this instructional swimming video that demonstrates the proper techniques to practiceing the single arm drill. The single arm drill ensures that you are getting the rotation you need throughout your stroke. Push off the wall with both arms extended in front of you with your hands touching, one on top of the other. Rotate to your side so that you are lying on your left side with your left arm in front on you. Now, swim down the pool, using only your right arm - once you get to the ot...

How To: Swim a breaststroke faster

A common trait of really fast breaststrokers is that they initiate the pull prior to lifting their head. In contrast, a common trait of Masters swimmers is that they bring the head up too soon in breaststroke and leave it there too long. Learn how to keep your head down during the pull to swim a faster breaststroke.

How To: Do early vertical forearm exercises for swim technique

This swim technique video series from a professional swimming coach hones in on the fine details for developing perfect alignment and stroke to help make you a better, more competitive athlete. The coach demonstrates the proper way to use swimming equipment and how to position your body to condition your swimming performace. This series is particularly helpful in that not only is the coaching beneficial, but the drills, including dryland training, are shown in practice on his swim team. It's ...

How To: Use techpaddles while coaching swim teams

This swim technique video series from a professional swimming coach hones in on the fine details for developing perfect alignment and stroke to help make you a better, more competitive athlete. The coach demonstrates the proper way to use swimming equipment and how to position your body to condition your swimming performace. This series is particularly helpful in that not only is the coaching beneficial, but the drills, including dryland training, are shown in practice on his swim team. It's ...

How To: Practice breaststroke and butterfly turns

This how-to animations shows you the basic turns for breast and butterfly strokes in swimming. Watch and see how easy it is to improve your swimming techniques with these steps. The same type of turn is used for both butterfly and breaststroke. The laws say that you must touch the wall with two hands, so a touch and pivot turn is used. The main thing to remember is that you don't need to hang on to the wall. The quicker you touch it and pull your hands away the better.

How To: Swim using the butterfly stroke

Butterfly needs both stamina and technique, but the body movements are not difficult because you will have done many of them before in other strokes. When racing butterfly, your arms must come out of the water on every stroke. They must not drag through the water when they move from your hips to the entry position. Follow along with this quick how-to animation to learn how to do the butterfly stroke for swimming.

How To: Do a double medicine ball eggbeater drill for the legs

So you want to get your legs in shape quickly? The drill demonstrated in this how-to video is not only fun, but just a bit challenging and a great way to work your legs without injuring your knees. Supporting extra weight trains your feet to become a productive part of your swimming. Watch this video swimming tutorial and learn how to practice a double medicine ball eggbeater drill to improve leg strength.

How To: Train with PT paddles to improve swim technique&stroke

Most swimmers love paddle-training for the power they provide and the way they feel. Anything that makes the swimmer focus on what their arms are doing is a good thing. PT paddles, as demonstrated in this how-to video, take away power from the hands though, and force the swimmer to train to maximize efficiency of the rest of the arm and legs. PT paddles take away from pull power, and train arm technique. Watch this video swimming tutorial and learn how to train your pull and arm technique wit...

How To: Make your own prescription swimming goggles

Prescription swimming goggles cost almost as much as a new pair of glasses. That's way too expensive, especially if you don't get to go swimming as often as you'd like. But using the clever tips in this video tutorial, you'll be able to make a pair of prescription swimming goggles for less than you'd spend on a tank of gas to get you to the beach.

How To: Do the advanced backstroke

This video tutorial is on swimming tips and techniques for advanced backstroke. Learn how to do backstroke in three easy steps; legs, arms, and breathing. Become a back stroke swimming champion by following this professional advice. Do the advanced backstroke.

How To: Get ankle flexibility to improve swimming

This swim technique video series from a professional swimming coach hones in on the fine details for developing perfect alignment and stroke to help make you a better, more competitive athlete. The coach demonstrates the proper way to use swimming equipment and how to position your body to condition your swimming performace. This series is particularly helpful in that not only is the coaching beneficial, but the drills, including dryland training, are shown in practice. It's the next best thi...

How To: Swim a proper freestyle

New techniques may improve a swimming pool workout from Masters coach Nancy Kirkpatrick Reno. Before sticking a toe in the water, consider this advice: * Swim in a pool that's at least 20 to 25 yards long; those pools can usually be found at high schools and some gyms. A 50-meter Olympic-size pool is best, but not everyone has access to that. "If you're going to become a lap swimmer," Kirkpatrick-Reno says, "you can't go any shorter or you'll be constantly turning." An outdoor pool is prefera...

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