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Introduction to the Back Stroke

backstrokeThe back stroke is also called the back crawl. It is the opposite stroke to the front stroke, since you use similar arm and leg motions but while turned around backward…

This page was last updated on Monday 16th of October 2017

The biggest challenge with this stroke may be LEARNING when to sense that you are nearing the edge of the pool, since you cannot see it coming in front of you. You may find yourself turning to look when you are just beginning, but eventually you will have a sense of when you NEED to turn around…


To perform the back stroke, get into the water and turn around with your back to your lane. Keep your legs close together and kick off the wall, into a back float position. To keep your body going forward, your arms stroke in backward circles, hitting the water one at a time…

Think of it as a windmill, with your arms going up in the air and then falling backward into the water. Once they pass the surfaces of the water they push downward and come back up to complete another circle. One arm goes after the other, so you are continuously pulling your body forward…

Check Out Video About 3 Simple Steps How To Practices Backstroke…

Your legs continuously kick while your arms pull your body forward. The POWER of the back stroke comes primarily from your legs, with your arms pulling the glide in a forward motion. Throughout the stroke, keep your legs turned upward and kick against the water with all of your power. You will pick up speed and power as you get more accustomed to the stroke and perfect the movements and your breathing technique.

If you swim primarily to stay in shape, you should learn swim the back stroke to work the backside of your body. This is the only swimming stroke performed backward, and it utilizes some muscles that are not worked as much when you perform the front crawl or other strokes…

Learning to swim the back stroke can also serve as a way to break the monotony of swimming forward laps. If your exercise consists of simply swimming laps, then it helps to switch to your back for some laps.

Since you can breathe easier from the backside as well, you can give your body a bit of a break from intense workouts with forward strokes…



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