Quick Swim Tips: Are You Crossing The Center Line?

  • By Sara McLarty
  • Published October 30, 2012

Crossing the centerline is a common problem that’s difficult to notice while swimming with a proper head position. Here’s how to check your stroke:

Tarzan Drill. Swim one lap with your head out of the water and watch the entry position of your hands.
Use a snorkel. Keep your face underwater but tilt your head slightly up to watch what happens after your arms enter the water.
Mirror or shadow. Watch your reflection on the bottom of the pool.
Film a friend. Bring a camera to the pool and ask a friend to film from the pool deck. Swim toward them as they film. Review your clip, make adjustments and film again for confirmation.
Stick or board drills. Catch-up drill using a 12-inch wooden dowel or a kickboard turned sideways will prevent crossing over. Make sure to keep your hands at the outside edges of the stick orboardwhenyoualternate.

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