Tumble turns

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    Aug 16, 2010 5:15 PM GMT
    Ok, ive been trying to improve my swimming over the last month or so, and am attempting to do tumble turns. Can anyone give me a decent explanation as to do them effectively?
  • Atriathlete

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    Aug 21, 2010 1:25 AM GMT
    Here's a clip that explains the basics http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK9mm39uHZ8&feature=search.

    It takes a great deal of practice to figure the right distance to flip.
  • gwuinsf

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    Aug 31, 2010 6:55 PM GMT
    That video is great.

    I also suggest practice doing flips away from the wall and get used to the motion. In the shallow end swim a few strokes and flip. Approaching the wall makes some people nervous and you also don't want to slam your feet into the wall as you're flipping.

    Also critical (at least for me) is that you breath out of your nose while flipping. Otherwise you get nostrils full of water and that hurts!
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    Aug 31, 2010 7:07 PM GMT
    Here's a series of 5 videos that I used to teach my niece to do flip turns:










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    Aug 31, 2010 7:29 PM GMT
    I can do 'em, but impossible to describe. God bless YouTube.
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    May 25, 2011 9:47 PM GMT
    I've had a friend of mine helping me learn these. I've caught on and can (kind of) do them now but they still feel uncomfortable. But that's good to know there are video instructions on YouTube as well, so thanks for posting those.

    It's definitely a tough thing to learn. Swimming comes pretty easy to me, but flip turns take a fair bit of trying over and over again... which sucks when you take water up your nose every time you do one lol.
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    May 25, 2011 10:07 PM GMT
    Now I guess I know how gymnasts see me when I'm trying to learn a back handspring as an adult...having been doing flipturns since age 6 or 7 year round...I don't know how I could even teach one.

    Go into the wall with both hands by your side and bring arms to the streamline position immediately during the flip, using hands and momentum to flip yourself...you have to be super close to hit your head, so start out far away and keep doing them till you know what distance you need to be. Don't take a breath forward beforehand because it destroys your momentum...if you have to do it to the side.
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    Jun 01, 2011 6:50 PM GMT
    As of today I can do flip turns!!! icon_smile.gif

    I'm super stoked about it. I still push off a little crooked afterwards and I'm still pretty crappy at dolphin kick but I can execute the flip turn itself properly now.
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    Jun 01, 2011 7:24 PM GMT
    Alright, well I'm both a college swimmer and a country club coach. I've been swimming for a while and in my opinion the most effective way you can learn is by practicing tumble drill. Take 3 to 5 strokes and then do a flip. This is working on ensuring your less focused on the wall and more concerned with the flip. Another good technique is going into the wall swimming free flipping and coming off the wall backstroke. Your feet should be firmly planted and in all flip turns you should be pushing off the wall on your back regardless if its free or back. Really focus on planting your feet shoulder width apart and have your knees at about a 90 degree angle. You don't need to be super close to the wall use the t on the bottom to judge the distance. Any other questions I would be glad to help.