While the flip turn seems like one of the simplest maneuvers in
swimming, it’s one that novices struggle with the most.
Triathletes who don’t think they need to learn the move should
During training every time you pause between laps you give your
body a chance to rest.
During a triathlon, though, you don’t get any chance to rest in the
That’s why it’s important to train your body to get used to
continually swimming—something the flip turn will help you
At the bottom of each lane, you should notice the black line.
This line helps you swim in a straight line, and it helps you know
when to do a flip turn.
When you reach the small perpendicular line at the end of the
straight line, you should begin your flip turn.
If you’re right-handed you should keep your left arm by the side of
your body as your right arm comes forward for the last stroke
before reaching the wall.
Keep your chin tucked in as well.
When your right arm finishes its stroke, dolphin kick for some extra
After performing the dolphin kick let your entire body follow in that
Finishing The Move
By now your bottom should be out of the water.
This part of the move is very similar to doing a somersault.
When your legs breach the water your knees should be at a right
angle, as if you are sitting in a chair.
At this point, you should be able to use your arms for balance as you
Reaching The Wall
If you manage to perform the flip successfully, your feet should
reach the wall with your knees still bent at an angle.
Your face should be pointing toward the ceiling.
As you push off of the wall, make sure you rotate your body to face
the bottom of the pool before you continue swimming.
After reading the above steps you should feel comfortable
attempting a flip turn the next time you’re in the pool.
However, don’t expect to master the move the first couple of times
you attempt it.
In time, though, and with practice, it should come easily to you.
You should search for online videos that show swimmers
performing the flip turn.
By watching swimmers perform the move you'll get a better
understanding of how to do it yourself.