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>> How do you execute the turn when you are doing laps?
>> Is there a web link?
>> Thank you.
>> Viktor Korchnoi
>> [Elo: 2630]
It depends on the kind of swimming you're doing.
For recreational swimming, an "open turn" is probably fine. Assuming you're
doing crawl stroke, arrive at the wall with your leading arm. If the wall
has a gutter, or low deck with good grip, you can grab it and pull yourself
into the wall. If there is no gutter or other suitable grip, let your hand
go flat against the wall and bend your elbow some to let your momentum carry
you in towards the wall. In either case, your side of the leading arm will
naturally face towards the wall. Tuck your feet up under you and plant them
against the wall. It's OK for your toes to be pointing sideways while your
feet are on the wall. Let your trailing hand drift behind you, so that when
you plant your feet on the wall, it is pointing back in the direction you
now want to go. Then duck your head underwater, drive the hand on the wall
over your head and into the water so that it's now next to your trailing
hand (or over top of it if you can do it comfortably), let your head go
under water, straighten your arms, and push off with your feet, keeping your
body as straight as possible.
It's best to have someone well versed in this kind of turn show it to you,
but if your pool has a gutter or other grippable surface at the wall, you
can start off by doing only the second half of the turn -- the part where
you're leaving the wall. Hold on to the wall with one hand, and point the
other hand out into the pool. Your elbow on the arm at the wall should be
almost straight, and your body should be fully supported by the water,
leaving just enough of your head out so as to be able to grab a breath
before pushing off. Place both feet on the wall perhaps two feet under
water with your toes pointing sideways and your legs curled up under you.
When you're ready to push off, get a deep breath, let go of the wall, drive
your hand over your head and into the water next to your other hand as your
body sinks into the water, straighten out your arms, and push off of the
wall with your feet, keeping as streamlined a position as possible. You can
roll your body onto your stomach in the water as you leave the wall if you
If you want to become a competitive swimmer, you'll probably want to master
a flip turn eventually, especially if you want to race the shorter
distances. However, by the nature of your question, I'm not sure this is
your intention, so I'll save this part for another day.
Hope this helps!
Kerry "he'll try anything -- even TI core rotation" Wilson