In this video lesson, Swimming Instructor, Phillip Toriello, teaches how to do the backstroke body position, which involves floating on your back on top of the water.
Video Transcript: "PHILLIP TORIELLO: Hello and welcome to Expert Village, I'm Phillip Toriello from the Avila Bay Athletic Club. The backstroke body position is rather simple that requires a little bit of relaxation and bravery at the same time as you'll be floating on top of the water, on your back, looking straight up to the sky. Basically, what you're going to do is you're going to put your head back to the point as where it's just surrounding your cheeks, bring your bellybutton up and also, bring your hips up to revive proper flotation. I'll give a little example of that right now. If you'll note, my head is back, my fuzzy navel is out of the water and the water line is just here at my cheeks. I'm comfortable, my feet are up and I'm relaxed. Some people tend to have a problem with this if they have a thick bone density or if they're just not comfortable. What I often see is that people have problems keeping their legs up which then, in turn, causes them to sink down a little bit and causing them to get a little frantic. What I suggest with that is maybe providing a little sculling motion with your hands in the water, back and forth on the sides just a slight, propelling upwards to help keep you afloat. You can also kind of give a little bit of a flutter kick to help keep those stronger legs up on top of the water. But again, if you keep your head back and you keep oxygen in your belly, your body will have a natural ability just to float on top of the water. And I guess that's one of the more important aspects is filling your lungs up with air, breathing nice and comfortably and you'll stay afloat on top. An example that I like to give to the children is that of a balloon. If the balloon doesn't have any air in it, it's not going to be able to float around and be light and floatable. If it's flat and there is no air in it, it's just going to fall on the ground and sit there. But again, if you fill it up with air, it'll float and fly around naturally."
In this course, Swimming Instructor Phillip Toriello gives 15 easy video lessons on How to Swim Competitive Backstroke. The backstroke, sometimes called the inverted freestyle, is a stroke that is swum on the back.