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Skills & drills Flipturn: Swim & Roll

This drill helps you practice swimming towards the wall and making a flipturn. However, you do this without the wall yet to practice turning small and with speed. 


How to do it

  • Push off the wall and make a few freestyle strokes

  • After the last stroke before the flip, both arms should be by your hips

  • Now put your chin on your chest and bow down from the waist line

  • Tuck your knees into your chest and flip small and fast

Focus points

  • Make a strong last stroke before flipping to gain extra speed

  • Finish your stroke completely before putting your chin on you chest

  • Keep both hands at your hips, your hands should not support your roll

  • Flip small and fast

Coach tip 

Practice makes perfect, once your have mastered a flip after making a few strokes, you are ready for the next step of our flipturn progression, which is flipping against the wall. 




If you're running out of air after a flip turn, you are probably exhaling too much during the flip. Exhale just a little though the nose to prevent water coming up your nose, but hold most of breath until the first stroke. Breathe a little extra after each flipturn and swim slowly.

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