Backstroke Common Mistakes

Mistake 1 : Sinking Tummy

How to fix it : Working with floats and noodles, practice kicking legs and keeping tummy pushed up to the top of the water. A toy can be placed on the child’s tummy to emphasize keeping the tummy up and out of the water.

Mistake 2 : Bent leg action

How to fix it : Practice leg action holding one float down over the knees and encourage the swimmer to not let their knees touch the float to help them keep a nice straight leg action.

Mistake 3 : Looking at feet/ Chin on chest

How to fix it : Working with floats and training aids to look at the ceiling, standing behind them and encourage them to look at you or to look at imaginary objects on the ceiling (Spiders, Butterflies etc.)