By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Friday, January 1, 2016
In this drill from former Stanford University head women’s swimming coach and three time Olympic coach, Richard Quick, athletes execute a “tuck float” and a “dead man float” to improve their balance in the water. Once swimmers get comfortable with their center of balance, they can progress to swimming posture.
Tuck Float & Dead Man Float
Drill Summary: This video details a progression of exercises designed to improve swimmers’ ability to hold their breath and find their center of balance. Start with the tuck float, in which the swimmer gets in as tight of a tuck as possible (chin against chest, look for belly button, round your back, bring feet and head inside the ball) and just floats in the water. Don’t let any air out. After holding that position for about 15-30 seconds, come up for air.
Next, progress to a dead man float (let legs, arms and head relax). Completely relax in the water and let the water move you freely. After that, slowly bring your arms to just under the surface of the water. Bringing your arms up will naturally lift your legs to maintain balance. Once you’ve lifted your arms and legs, lock into good swimming posture and remember the balance point you’ve found with your lungs.
By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, November 1, 2015
Former Auburn University head coach, Richard Quick, offers a freestyle drill that gets swimmers extended from head to toe during their stroke. By lengthening the reach of the freestyle, athletes can glide through the water more efficiently.
Arm Lead Drill on Side
Drill Summary: Swimmers push off from the wall and swim the length of the pool on their side. The bottom arm should be extended out forward while the top arm is laid across the belly button. Swimmers should keep their eyes down, maintain a long and high neck, lead with their head and keep their back flat throughout the entirety of the drill.
By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Thursday, January 1, 2015
Former Auburn University Head Men’s and Women’s Swim Coach, Richard Quick, has swimmers demonstrate the proper form for the backstroke start. Learn tips on “coiling like a spring” and pulling up on the hand-bar to set the tension.
By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, July 1, 2014
In this segment, legendary swimming coach Richard Quick provides you with a drill that helps swimmers practice their approach into the actual turn/somersault, and practice multiple tight spin turns throughout the entire 25.
Freestyle Approach & Turn
You will see a demonstration of a 3-hand hit freestyle swim followed by a somersault and continuing right back into 3 more hand hits of freestyle and another somersault.