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Discover Entry Position Techniques for Freestyle!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Arm action is a huge part of what separates good swimmers from great ones. Ian Pope, Melbourne Vicentre Swimming Club head coach and Olympic team coach for Australia, shows you how he instructs swimmers to position their arms and shoulders for the sprint and distance freestyle strokes.

Entry Position

Drill Summary: In the sprint freestyle, the hands should enter directly in front of the shoulders with a slight angle in the wrist to promote a deeper catch. In the distance freestyle, the hand entry is closer to the surface so the swimmer can extend out in front. Always keep the hand relaxed on entry and open up the fingers to catch the water. As for the shoulder position, focus on keeping shoulders close to the water on entry and avoid over-rotating as dipping the shoulders too much can create drag.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Ian Pope’s Swimming Down Under: Freestyle.” Browse through other Swimming & Diving videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Perfect the Timing of the Breaststroke!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, November 1, 2015

One of the most important aspects of the breaststroke is timing. Ian Pope, Melbourne Vicentre Swimming Club head coach and Australian National Team coach, runs through a few of his favorite drills that focus on getting the arms, body and legs in sync while executing the breaststroke.

Breaststroke Timing

Drill Summary: Swimmers push off the wall and work on using a butterfly kick with sculling arms. Every time the hands sweep in, swimmers should take a breath. The hips should follow the rhythm of the body and the kick should be timed so that it whips the body forward in the water.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Ian Pope’s Swimming Down Under: Breaststroke.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!




Essential Butterfly Drills from Ian Pope!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, March 1, 2015

Australian Olympic and National Team head coach Ian Pope presents some of his favorite butterfly drills. These drills improve swimmers’ arm movement, rhythm, timing and much more.

Full Stroke Drills for Butterfly

Drill Summary: For the alternating arm strokes drill, swimmers can do a number of different combinations of moves with regular butterfly kicks. Coach Pope recommends alternating strokes with two left, two right and two both. For the catch position pull-up drill, the swimmer finds a spot on the wall and places both hands flat on the side of the pool. With their hands on the side, the swimmer fully immerses under water before lifting their body out of the pool until their elbows are straight, focusing on keeping their hands close to their body. This promotes the correct elbow position needed in a good butterfly stroke.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Ian Pope’s Swimming Down Under: Butterfly.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!




Discover the Importance of the “Fifth Stroke”!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ian Pope explains the proper technique for the “underwater fly kick” off the start and turns including whole-body movement, snap of the tail, head in-line with spine and a vertical kicking drill. This is an excellent video showing Ian Pope’s instructional techniques for coaching both elite swimmers and age groupers.

The “fifth stroke” is most effective in the backstroke and you will learn how it can add propulsion.

Watch and learn more valuable tips from an additional clip of Ian Pope’s Swimming Down Under: Backstroke. See other high quality Backstroke Videos in our massive Swimming DVD collection!




Develop a More Efficient Backstroke with the Australian Olympic Team Coach!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, September 27, 2013

Olympic and National Team Coach for Australia, Ian Pope,  provides instructional stroke techniques for improving both elite swimmers and age groupers. Discover the importance of stroke efficiency that will lead to faster swimming.

Coach Pope will give you insight on how to get a feel for the water, and how to hold the water and balance without over-rotating.

Watch and learn more valuable tips from an additional clip of Ian Pope’s Swimming Down Under: Backstroke. See other high quality Backstroke Videos in our massive Swimming DVD collection!




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