In this video lesson, Swimming Instructor, Phillip Toriello, teaches how to do open turns in backstroke, which are easy to perform, but it's important to pay attention to the lane lines and backstroke flags in the pool to make sure you know how close you are to the wall.
Video Transcript: "PHILLIP TORIELLO: Hello and welcome to Expert Village, I'm Phillip Toriello from the Avila Bay Athletic Club. Open turns in backstroke are probably the most comfortable and easiest to perform. But the thing you have to realize as you're doing backstroke is that you're not able to see the direction in which you're going. What you really have to pay attention to are the lane lines to your left and to your right as well as the backstroke flags above. At most facilities or most facilities using the regulation distance from the wall, they'll have backstroke flags that are 5 yards out from the wall. They kinda give you an indicator or a spot to focus on as you're coming close to it. With the 5 yards out, the general rule of thumb, and again, this is an approximation, is at its five strokes from the backstroke flags to the wall. So, that would be, one, two, three, four, five. For some people, it's five, for others, just four and a half, for taller people, it might be three. It's all relative to your size, height and strength per stroke. So, as you're coming into the wall on your open turn, be sure to recognize the flags. Count your strokes and then just as you're about--at about your fourth or fifth stroke, kind of glide, you don't want to go thrusting into the wall and hurt your hand. Kind of glide into that wall, touch it, pull your body towards it as you would in your open turn in freestyle and then push off on your back."
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.