The breaststroke turn is an open turn which is simple and easy to learn. Fairly similar to the butterfly turn, for those of you who have worked on that.
By developing your turn, it can be the simplest way to improve racing times or your efficiency in training. By following these simple tips, you will establish your breaststroke turn and increase your swimming ability.
Swim at a constant speed towards the wall. When you reach the wall, touch with two hands at the same time. You don’t need to hang onto the wall.
Just touch and turn. Bend one elbow in towards your body whilst at the same time bringing your legs in towards your body.
Lift the upper arm over the top of your body and take a deep breath whilst looking towards the wall. Drop down below the water’s surface and push your arms into the streamline position. Push off from the wall, rotating your
body to be on your front and keep your arms in a streamline position until you feel your glide slowing down.
For those who are confident swimmers, when you feel your pace dropping, you can add in what is called an A-pull. To do this, push your arm down the centerline of your body and allow your body to follow the natural undulation in the water. Hold that position and then push your arms back up the centerline and give a powerful breaststroke leg kick towards the surface of the water. When your head is centimeters away, you can perform your first stroke.
So to summarize, it is important to touch the wall with two hands at the same time. Competitive swimmers will be disqualified if this isn’t done. Don’t hang onto the wall. Just touch and turn for maximum efficiency. Take a deep breath before submerging as you can be underwater up to 15 meters when performing a turn.
Add the A-pull in when you have mastered the simple touch and turn. Don’t add it in until you are confident.
So that’s the breaststroke turn. Thanks for watching, and don’t forget to check out our other advice videos and our online swim store at SimplySwim.com