Teaching backstroke requires gradual skill development. As each skill is mastered the next skill is introduced maintaining the building block approach.
Walter Brack of Germany in 1904 won the first recorded Olympic 100 backstroke in 1.min 16.8 sec. in fact Germany were first second and third with Geog Hoffmann and Geog Zacharia filling the minor placings.
Backstroke is probably the easiest swimming stoke to learn. Once the basic float, which is the corner stone of all good swimming technique is learned, the propulsive skills of kicking and then the arm pulling action can be added. The face remains out of the water at all times and the breathing, which often causes problems in learning to swim freestyle, is unrestricted in backstroke swimming. With good skill development and a graded teaching program all children have the opportunity to learn the backstroke swimming action correctly.
The Laurie Lawrence method of teaching backstroke is a comprehensive method of gradual skill development. As each skill is mastered the next skill is introduced maintaining the building block method of teaching swimming.
Learning to swim should be a positive experience for both parent and child.
There are a number of skills that you need to understand and learn how to teach important elements of the learn to swim process, even if you are a parent.
5 Important Skills on How To Teach Backstroke
- Back Floating,
- Assisted back Kicks,
- Unassisted back kicks,
- Good Backstroke arms,
- Importance of Backstroke drills,
- Pullbouy Drills,
- Ready for Backstroke.
Now take a look at this short video to give you an overview of what you need to Know!
Well done, that is the first step to know how to teach backstroke. You will now be better prepared and equipped with the knowledge and skills to assist your little one through to becoming a confident and happy little swimmer.