The second function of the legs in swimming is Lift. Lift is one of the most forgotten components of swimming yet it is one of the most important ones. We enter our hand into the water and press slightly down in order to get lift in the water on our quest to hydroplane. We often don’t think about the up kick we utilize to do the same thing. The flick of our swim kick and the up kick of the leg provides lift of our bodies to swim higher on the surface of the water in order to swim faster. When we get higher on the surface, we enable ourselves to swim faster powered by the swim kick.