In this video lesson, Swimming Instructor Phillip Toriello teaches how to flip-turn when swimming the Backstroke. You must keep an eye out for backstroke flags to indicate when to turn over and flip to the other direction.
Video Transcript: PHILLIP TORIELLO: "Hi, this is Phillip Toriello, and this is how to do the flip turn while doing your backstroke. The preparation of the backstroke begins once you see the backstroke flags hanging approximately five yards from the wall. The reason why they're there is to go ahead and indicate that the wall is coming up, to spare you any sort of injury to your head and your fingers. People have jammed their fingers plenty on those walls, and have bumped their heads. So once you see those flags, you're going to, you're going to go ahead and work with the approximate five strokes from the wall, and on that fifth stroke, you're going to go ahead and rotate onto your belly, pull one freestyle pull into your somersault or your freestyle flip turn, plant those feet; like we talked about before, push off in a streamline fashion, and stay on your back. Give yourself a couple dolphin kicks to propel you through the water, and after about the third dolphin kick, surface and go right back into your thumb out, pinkie in, bend that elbow, and push. For more questions on backstroke and backstroke flip turns, please contact your local swimming expert."
In this video series, Swimming Instructor Phillip Toriello gives 25 video lessons on How to Swim. Learn how to swim the breaststroke, the backstroke and freestyle. Get tips on how to do flip turns for each type of swimming stoke and find out how to do swimming kicks like the eggbeater kick. Want to get the kids involved in swimming too? Find out how to teach children to swim with tips on teaching the survival float and child diving. Swimming is a useful skill and a fun activity that provides great exercise for all.