In this video lesson, Swimming Instructor, Phillip Toriello, teaches how to do the leg motion in the backstroke, which is similar to the flutter kick of the freestyle, but inverted.
Video Transcript: "PHILLIP TORIELLO: Hello and welcome to Expert Village, I'm Phillip Toriello from the Avila Bay Athletic Club. The leg motion in the backstroke is very similar to that of the freestyle except for, once again, your body is going to be inverted. Your belly will be on top of the water as well your hips. Toes pointed with your knees not breaking the water. But again, keeping your hips high, legs straight and toes pointed, utilizing the flutter kick. While I reiterate the point of keeping your legs straight, everybody kind of adapts their own approach to that. What I find with myself is that I utilize a slight 30 degree bend of the knees to really help with a wavelike motion or a flipper type motion with my legs. So again, it's just going to be a slight bend of the knee about 30 degrees starting in--beginning the kick with the hip going down to the knees with a slight bend and following it through all the way with the toes so and you get a nice steady rhythm as far as your kick is concerned. I'll give a small example of that right now. As you might notice of the backstroke kick that I just give an example of is that there is a nice boiling of the water as I was kicking through where my toes were. My feet or my toes didn't come out of the water but instead, caused a nice boiling of the water up on top. Another point that you might have noticed as well is that my knees didn't break the water surface. It's really important to keep those things in mind."
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.