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Starting off with Backstroke

Starting off with Backstroke

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Mastering and improving swimming strokes is key to becoming a better swimmer. If you are unsure how to do backstroke here are some pointers.

Backstroke is the third fastest stroke. The arm action provides the main propulsion and the leg kick balances the body. You have to remain on your back while swimming.

Below you will find a video and our four-step guide to the basics of the stroke.

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The Basics

  • Float on your back, with your ears just in the water and eyes looking up; stretch your body as long as possible.
  • Keep your legs long with pointed toes; kick your legs up and down (alternating) making your ankles as floppy as possible, using your feet like flippers. Knees should be kept under the water with your toes making a small splash. Kick your legs fast and continuous.
  • Start with your arms stretched down the side of your body. Your arm should be kept straight bringing it out of the water over the top in an arc action. Enter your hands into the water with your little fingers first, keeping your arm straight. Pull your arm under the water all the way to the thigh. Keep pulling your arms in a continuous movement as one arm enters, the other is ready to exit at the thigh.
  • A breath is taken regularly as and when required and at least once during the stroke.

Go Swimming has everything you need to know about swimming. If you are a parent, a non swimmer or just want to improve your technique this is the section for you.

In British Swimming you will find information about the world of high performance sport, including the disciplines of Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Para-Swimming.

The ASA is the governing body for the sport in England. In this section you will find all you need to know about joining a club or competing in England and becoming a swimming teacher or coach.

The IoS delivers the ASA’s courses and is a member organisation. Whether you are a teacher, coach, employer or club you will find everything you need to know about qualifications or educating your workforce.

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