Starts And Turns

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Most top swimmers use the grab start to get their race under way .
This gets you moving off the blocks quickly and into the water smoothly.
The starter will not begin the race until everybody is ready and still.
This is really important because you can be disqualified if you fall in before the start or if you are slow getting ready.

front crawl turn animTumble Turns

Tumble Turn In freestyle races, you do not have to touch the wall with your hands. Any part of your body is fine, and using the feet gets a much faster turn.

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Butterfly and Breaststroke Turns

The same type of turn is used for both butterfly and breaststroke.
The laws say that you must touch the wall with two hands, so a touch and pivot turn is used.
The main thing to remember is that you don't need to hang on to the wall. The quicker you touch it and pull your hands away the better.

back turn animBackstroke Turn

The hardest thing to do in the backstroke turn is to find the wall.
There are a couple of ways to do this.
The first is to look for the flags across the pool and count your strokes from the flags.
The other is to count how many strokes it takes to get from one end to the other.
You need to leave space to turn on to your front and tumble, so don't count all the way to the end of the pool.
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