It seems as the universe was telling me it was time to learn to flip turn. My friend, Dionne, spent a few minutes teaching us how to flip turn and then the next Masters Swim class I attended was focused on the flip turn!
In class, our coach had us practice the following for a couple of lengths:
Torpedo: Swim normal and then put your arms to the side and glide.
Bow: Swim, Torpedo and then slightly dip your head for a couple of inches.
Flip: Swim, Torpedo and then Bow all together.
Chair at the wall: Practice pushing off the wall with legs at a 90 degree angle.
Gauging distance: Try to figure out the best distance to turn.
Jump start: Start standing a few feet away from the wall. Jump up and take a stroke and flip turn to practice.
Putting it all together: Swim 25 and flip! Easy peasy, right?
Jumping over the lane line: What you see in the animated picture above. My coach had me try to flip over the lane line to get an idea of hinging at the hip. I was apprehensive since the other swimmers were coming quickly down the lane. Yeah, I got stuck and flapped my arms to try to flip myself over. Just like the hippo above!) It was hilarious!
I pleased to say that after a few weeks of practice, I’m getting the hang of the flip turn. I’m still afraid to try it if I’m sharing a lane, but I’ve been able to flip while I was in a lane to myself.
Yay for new skills!!