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Sculling Swimming Technique: Back & Front: What It Is & Does

The Importance Of Sculling Swimming Technique

Sculling swimming technique applies to every swimming stroke. It is an important skill if you want your stroke to perform at its optimum. But for the beginner, it is breaststroke that the sculling action will be the most obvious.

Image of hands moving back and forward in a sculling swimming technique
Fig.1 - Sculling Hands

Not only is the action important to your swimming, once you have learned it you can have such a lot of fun with it. You will be able to see in the videos below just how it can help propel you on both your back and your front and this lends itself to all sorts of games.

It also lends itself to simple relaxation because it allows you to move gently in the water without using much energy at all.

Most of my students thoroughly enjoy racing games that use only sculling and although I rather a student corrected their float, it is often used by new swimmers to raise themselves in the water when they are floating.

Sculling swimming technique is a very simple thing to learn because it is effectively just waving your hand in the water in a sideways figure eight. Or if you prefer in an infinity shape (Fig.1).

In breaststroke, you scull at both the start and finish of your stroke so it is. In fact, the whole breaststroke is a kind of exaggerated scull.

I not going to spend a lot of time writing a great deal of detail on how to do the action because I think the videos below give all the explanation you need to understand the concept. They will by far and away give you all the information you need to get started.

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But I will say this is a skill that you want to master because even top leave swimmers do sculling drills to improve their performance.

So just go ahead and watch the videos below and let me know if you have any questions.


At the end of the video, he shows how sculling applies to freestyle which is very worthwhile information though not related to this article. So just watch it and store the info for when it becomes relevant to you.

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