Turns and Starts


By Jon Shastid

As with all aspects of swimming training and technique, you should use this information in conjunction with your team coach. He/she knows you and can provide competent advice, especially with your stoke technique development.

Block Starts:

Backstroke Starts:

"Check Mark" Push offs for TURNS

(see the Article in the April-June issue of Swim Technique)

The concept here is to make the turns for fly and back similar to a "check mark" (i.e., a fairly deep dive early followed by a longer return to the surface, all the while keeping speed through streamlining and kicking). Go deep early and then level off. Kick strong and early. Breakout is strong and thus faster than swimming speed.

Fly Turns

Backstroke Turns

Freestyle Turns

Breaststroke Turns