Two Minutes On Tumble Turns With Fiona Ford

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At Swim Smooth we get a lot of requests for instruction and tips on developing your tumble turns.

You'll be glad to hear we have a full SS production on tumbling in the pipeline but you don't have to wait - Swim Smooth Coach Fiona Ford has just created a great two minute Youtube tutorial on tuning up your tumble turns here:

Unless you're a competition pool swimmer it's not essential to learn to tumble but it's a lot of fun and a great skill to learn. Of course, when you master it you can save a lot of time and it helps you train with slightly faster swimmers if you can turn faster than them.

Fiona's based in Richmond, London and runs full Swim Smooth Video Analysis consultations and squad training suitable for all levels of ability:

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zackme said...

While I do find your website is the best (and am going to vote for you) I think there are much better videos on tumble dry really. This one is too succint and the image quality not too good.
I hope it helps.

zackme said...

Tumble turn, sorry :-)

zackme said...

right now, it seems you currently are n4 and the number one has almost twice more votes, if it helps.

paulb said...

Tried it a couple of times...totally exhausting...I leave it to the kids and swimmers who've been doing it for years. As you say no essential.

Oliver K said...

I hope you don't mind adding me a link to another tutorial on freestyle flip turn: I feel that is a good addition after this more basic introduction, aiming at really very fast pool swimming:

(the first three videos: 1. The approach 2. The flip 3. The push off and breakout).

Now I have a problem with the flip turn for swimming longer distances, namely with the breathing (I guess I'm not the only one with that problem). When I approach the wall, some kind of anxiety builds up (for longer distances) about the breath, and I feel I need a safety-breath just before turning. That interrupts it a bit. And also with the breakout I feel I need to come quicker and quicker to the surface (with every turn). Perhaps that's how it is, but perhaps you have some tips?

Rudolf said...

Exactly as Oliver just said, what they show in this video is a level i train each morning and i can do just as well as these folks in the video - but as soon as i hit the actual 50m pool and start the real float i run into that very same problem, tired, out of air at the end of the lap and there i should flip'n roll, you gotta be kidding me - no, sure i do it as good as i can, but i still scream out for heeeeeeeelp with my arms stretched out wide to the left and right .... still insecure over longer distances, maybe there is a trick for that too (other than swimming more, i already do 140km a month please) ....

zackme said...

What got me to do a fast and clean flip turn is to set an objective rather than a method, which is mainly: see your feet (and keep looking at them during the turn). Then, it is straight/not sideways, and very fast.
It makes you bend your head, chin to the breast, and bring your knees close to the head, without you having to think about doing it. Another important tip is for the arms not to be used, you start with them along your body and keep them still and relaxed while the body rotates.

Jonas said...

Paul, Adam:

I take advantage of this, in my opinion, important topic of the flip turn (because managing to do flip turns in a relaxed, harmonious way gives you confidence in the water), to suggest INCORPORATING THE BACKSTROKE SWIMMING STYLE into Swim Smooth. Backstroke and crawl (free style) are complementary, along the long axis of the body (similarly to breastroke and butterfly, along the short axis of the body). Backstroke and crawl are the two styles which use flip turns, the other two don't.

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