In this video lesson, Swimming Instructor, Phillip Toriello, explains what is a backstroke. Backstroke, sometimes called the inverted freestyle, is a stroke that is swum on the back.
Video Transcript: "PHILLIP TORIELLO: Hello and welcome to Expert Village, I'm Phillip Toriello from the Avila Bay Athletic Club. Backstroke. Backstroke is basically one of the easier stokes and is generally known as the inverted freestyle stroke. There are many similarities to the freestyle, but instead, you're laying on your back, your head is up, your bellybutton is as high as it can be and your hips were up on top of the water. The biggest advantage to the backstroke that most swimmers find is that you have the ease of breathing. Your face is never in the water. There's not a matter of timing as far as when you can or cannot breathe. So, you have that free ability, that free access. Some of the competitive backstroke events include the 50, the 100 and the 200 individual races. Those are basically the two lengths of the pool, four lengths of the pool, the eight lengths of the pool. All backstroke, all individually done. The other competitive events include the 100 medley, the 200 medley, the 400 individual medley and the 4 x 100 medley race."
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.