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How to Do the Crawl Kick Swimming Stroke

Learn how to crawl kick in this swimming lesson from Howcast.


How to crawl kick, also known as the flutter kick? The flutter kick is done from your hips with a slight bend in your knees and your toes pointed. A good way to practice the crawl kick is to begin practicing on your belly with your arms at the 11:00 position. You want your body to be right on top of the water, and you don't have to worry about the breathing for now. You can just push off the wall and do about a 12 repetition kick from the wall with your arms stretched out, your head nice and straight. This will really give you nice focus on the kick.

When you do the crawl kick, if you learn that you don't kick too much where your feet are especially out of the water, too high when your feet are splashing out of the water, too low when you're barely getting in sort of traction or propulsion kick. It's very important to kick right on the surface of the water. Your heel should just be coming out with a light splash. The kick should be relaxed and done from the hips with a slight bend in the knee with an ankle that's relaxed and the toes are pointed. That's how we do the front crawl kick.

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