Dolphin Kick, the 5th Stroke, matters. Learn how to dolphin kick faster…on your back.
Like any other technical skill, underwater kicking, also known as the 5th Stroke, requires focus and attention in each and every workout.
Michael Phelps uses this technique. The dolphin kick freestyle was also used by Olympic Champion Michael Klim from Australia, in the final meters of his leadoff 100m freestyle on the relay at the 2000 Olympic Games.
World Champion Junya Koga shows us both the incorrect and correct feet positioning while Gary Hall Sr. explains why correct feet positioning matters in the start, launch and entry.
Roland Schoeman shows us how kicking with an alignment board and dmc snap snorkel can both allow the undulation the body needs in the fifth stroke while remaining as streamlined on the surface as possible.
Underwater dolphin kicks can account for up to 60% of a race (in yards). There is a reason why swimmers are limited to 15 yards/meters of underwater dolphin kicks: they are faster than swimming on the water’s surface.
Gary Hall Sr.: “What happens between the time the feet leave the wall and the breakout is the most controversial and variable part of the freestyle flip turn. It is also when the most time is either gained or lost.”
The FINIS Positive Drive Fin adds speed to dolphin and flutter motions, and it also allows the swimmer to generate power safely through the breaststroke kick.
Bob Gillett, the co-designer of the FINIS Foil Monofin, describes what makes this monofin so good…
Leading up to the 1988 Olympics, a 5’10” tall, 155 pound backstroker invented the Blast-off, dolphin-kicking nearly 50 meters underwater…forever changing the sport of swimming. (Photo Courtesy: ©Tim Binning/TheSwimPictures.com)