Teaching Dolphin Kick

Teaching Dolphin Kick

PHOENIX-Dolphin kick appears in all four strokes—including starts and turns. The following program can help swimmers of any aptitude learn to execute effectively what may be the fastest movement in competitive swimming: the dolphin kick.
Despite the fact that the movement is unnatural for many swimmers, few coaches offer intentional programs for teaching it. Some coaches say you either have it or you don’t; others think that their swimmers will master dolphin kicking just by doing it a lot. But just like any movement in competitive swimming, the technique of the dolphin kick can be taught. (Story page 22, by Bridger Bell)
Teaching the Dolphin Kick video tutorial:
1)Outward “Banana Peel”

2) Wall Facing “Banana Peel”

3) Dolphin Kick with board

4) Head out dolphin kick

5) Dolphin kick on side

6) Underwater dolphin kick

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FEATURES

012 Darian Townsend: Captain Amercia
by Annie Grevers
Darian Townsend was a member of South Africa’s 4 x 100 freestyle relay that upset the United States men for Olympic gold at Athens in 2004. Just last summer, he became a U.S. citizen, and the 30-year-old is now viewed as a veteran and a leader for the Red, White and Blue.


016 Event Specialization: What to look for, When to do it
by Michael J Stott


026 2014 Top 12 World Masters Swimmers of the Year
by Jeff Commings, Annie Grevers, Jason Marsteller and Emily Sampl


035 What is a “Master”?
by Jeff Commings
Masters swimmers come in all shapes and sizes. Some are ultra-competitive; others are in it just to stay fit and possibly live longer. Swimming World profiles three different types of Masters swimmers and they all seem to agree on one thing: Masters swimming is a lifelong sport.

COACHING
010 Lessons With the Legends: Nort Thornton

020 Swimming Technique Misconceptions: Butterfly Undulation
by Rod Havriluk

022 Teaching Dolphin Kick
by Bridger Bell
Dolphin kick appears in all four strokes-including starts and turns. The following program can help swimmers of any aptitude learn to execute effectively what may be the fastest movement in competitive swimming: the dolphin kick.

025 Technique: Breathing During Backstroke

042 Q & A With Coach Jason Weber
by Michael J. Stott

042 How They Train Jenny Hill
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING
013 Dryside Training: Sprint Freestyle Set
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER
028 Goldminds: Swimming’s Most Importatnt Lessons (Part 1: #’s 1-15)
by Wayne Goldsmith
Here is a summary of the most important lessons the author has learned in the business of helping swimmers and coaches realize their potential-a personal journey 25 years in the making!

045 Up & Comers

COLUMNS
008 A Voice For The Sport

040 Moms at Meets
by Annie Grevers
Swimming World presents a quarterly series that showcases moms and dads of swimmers from around the country.

046 Gutter Talk

048 Parting Shot

13 Comments

13 comments

  1. Robert Lucas

    Suze Williams we need to master this!

  2. Kristie Wisniewski

    We do a lot of dolphin kick work but my twins are 7. So we use fins and do that under water drill as well as forward drill underwater. We do the Michael Phelps vertical training techniques, but with the kick board we do something different. With 8&unders the idea is never breath in a 25. So when we do the kick board they keep their chin on their chest. What this does when younger swimmers swim is allows them body position to get their arms fully extended out of the water without breathing/lifting their head. Great videos though and we will try the side one and the wall ones soon. Our dryland one consists of wiggle wiggle arms right now.

Author: Maureen Rankin

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Maureen Rankin is a All-American swimmer from the Multnomah Athletic Club and swam at the University of Arizona. She was a member of USA Swimming Junior National Team and a former Coach for the Phoenix Swim Club. She is a USMS Member and serves as Age Group Chair for Arizona Swimming.

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