Sighting backward

In this lesson you will learn how to sight backward as part of your regular swimming stroke and why sighting backward is important when swimming to shore.

In this lesson you will learn the sighting backward drill to assist you in developing your swimming technique for ocean swimming.

Learning outcomes

  • Perform the sighting backward drill

Drill description

Swim 200M backstroke sighting backwards every 4-6 strokes. Use the centre of the end of the pool as a mark to sight each time.


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