rules for the flip turn

September 1, 2008

Do not look at the wall; look down. Don’t breathe as you get to the T (the black line on the pool floor) & into flip turn stage.

1. increase speed to the wall,
2. arms go to the sides (at the T),
3. lead the turn with the head,
4. as legs hit the wall, overlap the hands,
5. glide upside down, then turn to face down (if going into freestyle),
6. do not rest on the wall, take off immediately,
7. do not breathe until you take the first stroke.

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“To learn to do flip turns, you must do 1,000 of them. To do them well, you must do 3,000.” —Igor


you are in good company

August 1, 2008

When you learn to swim, you will be in the non-marine company of: horses, moose, elk, and elephants, which are all strong swimmers.

Tigers, jaguars, lions, monkeys, some dogs, some cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, and snakes can swim. Even desert animals: dromdary and camels! —now, how did they find that out?!?