On the Side of the Pool
Kicking and body position
I talked and demonstrated the kick action from the hips, demonstrated this then had them do the same.
Hips back and forwards to kick like a dolphin or merman.
I talked through and showed them the arm action, keeping it as wide as the shoulders or wider at their level. I even brought out an hour-glass to show the shape their arms should make in the water.
Arms action: enter wide, hour-glass sweeping back
This with the G4 swimmers. G6 we did the kick from the hips in the water.
Focus points: Continuous movement/Simultaneous Kick
Part I: Kicking
Dolphin resting on lane rope – no longer do this sadly. We used to do this when we had ample sets of short fins for them to wear. Instead we go straight in with the Kick with Woggle: with arms out.
4 x 25m reminding them to keep the arms spread out
4th of these a fun swim sitting on the Woggle like a seahorse and racing it down the pool.
Drills : Kicking front/side
2 x 25m Arms extended
Single arm fly.
1+1+1 one right, one left, fullstroke.
G4 did a dive into fly with four kicks to the pull, counting out 4 kicks with 5th the arms in, and 6th the arm pull.
Dead swimmer (From ‘The Swim Drill Book’) into streamlined position then dolphin kick into FC shallow end and deep, on the ‘T’ or under the flags.
Single Arm 6 kicks to one pull
Watch the straight arm as it comes over
“Kick that hand in, Kick the hand out”
Focus points : Timing of breathing/Rhythm
Whole: Full Stroke
From a dive.
Focus points : Hand entry position/Body movement and undulation
Turns : Transition into stroke.
Focus point : No breathing first stroke
Bounce from a pencil jump
Sitting/Lying on the bottom of the pool