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How To Swim - Six kicks Drill and Its Value

How To Swim - Six kicks Drill and Its Value

I've always been a bit sceptical 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.

Image of a a swimmers legs doing backstroke kicking. When you are learning how to swim is there value in doing the six kicks drill?
To Do Six Kicks or Not?

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 the backstroke, the one I think is easiest for most students to learn first).

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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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