In this video lesson, Swimming Instructor, Phillip Toriello, teaches how to practice the backstroke kick using a kickboard.
Video Transcript: "PHILLIP TORIELLO: Hello and welcome to Expert Village, I'm Phillip Toriello from the Avila Bay Athletic Club. Kick drills for backstroke are rather simple. And very similar to that are the freestyle kick drills. What I like to recommend for those beginning swimmers is to utilize a kick board while you're doing these. Not only does it help keep your body afloat but as you're going into the walls and you're becoming more familiar with the backstroke flags, this will prevent any sort of impact or damage to your head and or to your hands. So what I do generally recommend is use the top of the board, put it on top of your head just like so for the beginning swimmers, extend it and simply float to the back. Again, by doing so, you're going to reduce any possibility or reduce the possibility of causing any damage to your head and or to your hands. This will help you keep afloat and you'll simply utilize the flutter kick. Again, what it's going to help you do is really focus on your body positioning. Keeping your head back, keeping your bellybutton up and in particular, keeping those hips on top of the water. You want to keep those hips on top of the water to prevent any sort of drag. And that's really the key thing you're focusing in on while you're doing backstroke kick drills."
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.