When teaching breaststroke, one of the hardest faults to correct is a screw kick. Here Kaylё Burgham, STA’s Technical Manager for Aquatics shares her five top tips.
- Go back to basics – Don’t be afraid to return to early practices and break the skill down, praising the learner at regular intervals as they progress building both competence and confidence.
- Lots of correct practise. Be aware that learners strokes will deteriorate as they become tired; if you observe this happening it is better to change activities rather than persevere otherwise you may end up replacing one fault with another.
- Give the learner opportunities to participate in activities they enjoy and are good at too; if correcting their screw kick becomes the sole focus of their swimming lessons they are likely to become bored, frustrated and de-motivated.
- Accurate demonstrations are key!
- Feedback – Be aware that learners might not have the body awareness to recognise when they are performing the action incorrectly, so continual, accurate feedback from the teacher is also important.
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