How To Swim - Six kicks Drill and Its Value

I've always been a bit skeptical about the value of asking a student to kick a set number of times before they do a stroke whilst they are in the beginning stages of learning a particular stroke. But I have been working with one student who was brought to me as a private student, I guess because no one else had succeeded in getting him to swim.

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I must confess I tried everything I could think of to get this child going but nothing seemed to work. Then one afternoon, I don't know why, I told the child too do six kicks (we were doing back stroke, the one I think is easiest for most students to learn first).

The result was very exciting. After so many attempts to get the child swimming effectively on his back suddenly we had propulsion and a sort of stroke.

I therefore have now added the six kick method to my collection of tools.


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