Backstroke requires you to know floating on your back. It has the advantage of easy breathing, but the disadvantage of swimmers not being able to see where they are going.
- Relax and float on your back. Keep on breathing.
- Squeeze your butt in and start kicking in small, fast and pointed fashion.
- Start the stroke motion: Thumbs out, twisting your hand, pinkie into the water, bend elbow and push water.
One of the most common problems with backstroke is tucked chin or chin not in line with the body. This either causes you to sink or forces your head to come out of the water, creating an improper position.
Other mistakes include bent knees and improper hand twisting. They can be taken care of by practicing drills.
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