The backstroke is the only official swim stroke that is entirely on your back. It is used in competitions and recreation. And it is also an extremely popular stroke for not only speed but relaxation as well. The backstroke is a great stroke to learn for beginners as it makes you extremely comfortable in the water, it’s easy to perform, and takes very little energy. It is also very calming because you’re allowed to breathe as often and as much as you like because your face is not in the water. The backstroke is basically the upside down version of the freestyle stroke.
Unlike the other strokes, you will obviously start this one on your back with your body facing upwards towards the surface of the water. Start by kick off the wall backwards, keeping your head directly up, arms straight forward, hands overlapping each other, toes pointed, and legs straight out.
With your arms out ahead and hands overlapping, kick feet using the flutter kick, except the opposite of how you would with the freestyle because you’re on your back. Generate power with your thighs and hips, not by bending your knees. Keep your feet and toes pointed.
With one arm out extended ahead of you, bring your other hand down behind you towards your hips. Catching as much water in your hand to propel you through the water. Pull your hand all the way to your hip slicing out of the surface of the water with your thumb exiting the water first. Arm fully extended start turning your hand to let your pinky enter the surface of the water first. Finishing the stroke. Continue the stroke with the other arm, while keeping a consistent rhythm with your kick.
Tips And Tricks For Swimming Backstroke
- Don’t hold your breath at any point during this stroke unless you’re kick turning off the wall. Otherwise, you should be breathing consistently. Just relax
- Remember that your thumb leaves the water and your pinky enters the water
- Don’t keep your back in the streamlined position. Allow your entire body to roll in flow with your arms when You accomplish this by slightly moving your body left and right depending on which arm is ahead. Try touching your shoulder with your chin. However, roll no more than 45 degrees.
- Don’t bend your neck forward, keep it relaxed with your face looking directly up