In this video lesson, Swimming Instructor, Phillip Toriello, teaches how to do the movement of arms for backstroke. It uses a simple arm motion that is opposite the arm motion of the freestyle.
Video Transcript: "PHILLIP TORIELLO: Hello and welcome to Expert Village, I'm Phillip Toriello from the Avila Bay Athletic Club. The backstroke arm movement is a rather simple motion. And again, it's just the opposite of the freestyle. The way that I like to describe the arm motion is basically starting with the thumbs out of the water, pinky in the water, bend that elbow and push through your stroke. So again, the basics of the backstroke arm motion is starting with your thumb, thumb out of the water, twisting, pinky in the water, bending your elbow just behind you so your palm is facing backwards or facing towards the opposite wall, pushing so that your arm goes down by your hip pushing down towards the bottom of the pool. Your arms will alternate with the stroke as such. Arm out, push, arm out, push, arm out, push. So, it's really important to bring that thumb out with your arm straight up like a flagpole, keeping it right here on the inside of the body, not on the outside and following all the way through, pinky in the water, push."
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.