Before anyone can learn the freestyle, they have to learn the proper kicking technique, which we will emphasize here. Here’s a short video clip to showcase what a flutter kick truly is:
First, lay in a horizontal position. Then, keep your legs parallel to the ground and alternate between kicking up and down for each leg.
Firstly, it teaches you how to stay afloat in the water when you are in a horizontal position. Secondly, it is not difficult to learn. Thirdly, it teaches you the basic propulsion. Lastly, by incorporating a sculling motion of the hands, you can learn to thread water and stay afloat when in a vertical position.
1. Hold on to the edge of the pool and raise your legs up. Ensure your feet are away from your body before extending your arms, so that your body moves away from the edge of the pool. Once your body is straight and horizontal as well as parallel to the ground, you’re in the correct position.
2. Repeat the previous motion, but this time with your head under the water and aligned with your spine.
3. Repeat the previous motion, but try releasing your hold on the edge of the pool slowly. Try attaining balance so that you only need to use your finger tips to hold on. Once you are able to do so, release your hold completely while you continue kicking. You should be able to stay afloat in a perfect balance.
4. Push off the wall in a streamlined position (your arms extended to the front, hands kept on top of the other and head aligned with spine). You should be able to glide in a balanced position. Once you’re gliding, start your flutter kick to maintain your balance.
5. With the aid of a kickboard, maintain a horizontal position and extend your arms to hold it in front of you. Keep your head above the water and proceed forward by kicking.
6. Repeat the previous motion, but with your head under the water and aligned with your spine.
If your legs still drop when you’re kicking, it might be because your upper body is too high in the water. You can try pushing your head and chest a little more in the water to raise your legs up. Alternatively, you can always get help from a friend or a qualified instructor to correct your position if you’re unable to attain balance.
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