Backstroke starts. Love them or hate them, a good start can mean the difference between first and second. Our pictorial guide will give you a few pointers about how to make the most of your start in five steps, all the way through to the breakout.
1. be prepared
- Your toes could be anywhere from 2-8 inches under the surface of the water, whatever feels most comfortable, but your feet must be completely submerged. You are not allowed to curl your toes into the gutter or over the edge of the pool.
- When you are called to your marks, begin your pull up. You don’t want to get too curled up however – pull your head in towards the block but keep your knees at about a 90 degree angle. Your backside will be a little way away from the wall.
2. take off
3. water entry
- You should try to go through the same spot in the water with your entire body; hands first, head second, body last
- Flick your feet up as your legs go into the water to prevent them catching on the surface and creating drag, slowing down your entry.
- If you have trouble with water going up your nose breathe out whilst you’re underwater or consider using a nose clip.
- If you find yourself too deep, angle your hands upwards slightly – this will bring you back to the surface without losing your streamline.
5. break out
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