Watch this video to see our Olympian Jemma Lowe demonstrating freestyle tumble turns.
Tumble turns can make a massive difference to a race. Fast turns can win races and massively improve times. These turns are used for front crawl and backstroke; they are a skill and CAN be improved by repetitive practise. The swimmer uses the momentum from the swim into the wall to make a fast turning action. The transition between the swimming action and the turn should be continuous. The head tucks down into the chest as the body follows and spins in a forward somersault action. Judging the timing of the turn into the wall is the key to creating a strong push off with the legs, the legs want to be bent at around a 90 degree.
Practising turns everyday in training is the best way to make improvements and for them to become habit in a race!