How to Swim : How to Flip-Turn When Swimming Freestyle


Hi, this is Phillip Toriello, and this is
how to do a freestyle flip turn in the water. As you’re swimming into a wall, the quickest
and most efficient way to get off that wall, is by performing a flip turn. The way that
I look at it, is as you’re coming into the wall. When you’re about a half a body length
away, or even an arm’s length away, you’re going to want to go ahead and tuck your forehead,
down into your belly button, while simultaneously bringing your knees, bringing your knees up
into your forehead. You’re going to curl up into a tiny little ball, flip over onto your
back, just like a somersault. Plant your feet on the wall, and spring off like a rocket.
You’ll be springing off onto your back. As you push off that wall, you’re going to twist
onto your stomach, in a streamline fashion. Start your flutter kick, or dolphin kick,
and as soon as you break the surface, start your stroke, and go back into your freestyle.
Another way to look at this, is as you’re swimming into the wall, there will be T’s
at the bottom of the pool, which are approximately one stroke, one full stroke away from the
wall. You’ll take that last stroke, and immediately flip into your turn, and again, don’t push
off until your feet are firmly planted on the wall. What some people tend to do, is
they’ll flip, their feet won’t be on the wall, and then they’ll kick the wall with all their
might, damaging their heels, and causing their body quite a shock, so plant your feet firmly
on the wall. Spring off, with your hands up top, in a streamlined fashion, twist on your
stomach, and kick away into your stroke. For more questions on flip turns, please contact
your local swimming expert.

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