Swimisodes – Streamline Swimming

The best streamline swimming position has become a center for controversy in swimming. At The Race Club, we believe the best way to streamline is by squeezing the elbows  together behind the head and by pressing the shoulders up away from the sockets, with legs together, toes pointed and chin tucked down almost to the chest.  The stomach then excavates, the skin tightens and the whole body is in alignment. We call this position the hyper-streamline. It is not a comfortable position nor a natural human position to be in. Therefore, swimmers tend to not use a hyper-streamline often and when they do, it is rarely executed with 100% precision.  

In this Swimisode, learn techniques we teach at the Race Club swim camps that will help you improve your swimming streamline.  Coach Gary Hall explains how to feel the benefits of the hyper-streamline position by creating a contest among the elite swimmers. In this Swimisode, swimmers push off the wall in different positions that allow them to feel the drag forces at work and to appreciate the extra effort required to streamline tightly. You will discover why water is such an unforgiving medium to be in because it is 800 times denser than air.

Watch Backstroke World Champion Swimmer, Junya Koga, Open Water Swimming Champ Lexie Kelly and Olympic Gold Medalist and 4 time Olympian Roland Schoeman demonstrate a perfect swimming streamline.  Learn how to perform the best and tightest streamline and have fun while doing it!  As an additional drill and exercise, we advocate kicking with Finis alignment board and DMC mono snorkel in the hyper-streamline position for proper body alignment.

8 Responses to Swimisodes – Streamline Swimming

  1. David Kaufman

    Are there advantages to using the alignment board rather than kicking in streamline without a board? I have a pretty weak flutter kick and I am very slow kicking with a traditional kickboard. I will often kick breaststroke to keep up with my lane. The alternative is to cheat with fins.

  2. Gary Hall Sr.

    The alignment board makes it a bit easier to maintain a tight streamline than kicking with a snorkel without it. I have noticed that without the board, swimmers are more likely to bend their elbows while holding their arms in front.

  3. Robin Henderson

    I am a 57 yr old Masters Swimmer with limited range of motion. On a good day, I can raise my arms about 75% of the way towards streamline. Do you have suggestions on how to reduce drag given my inability to achieve a streamline position?

    • garyhallsr

      First, I would try to improve your flexibility in the shoulder/scapula to enable you to streamline better by lying on your back in the hyper-streamline position for at least two minutes daily. I am 65 and it takes me about 1-2 minutes to reach my maximum stretch in this position…but it feels good to get close. The closer you can get to this position, the lesser drag coefficient you will have.

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  6. Lewis McCorvey

    I am triathlete who took time off from racing , non swimming background, here in Clermont I have Sara Mclarty who has helped me swim not as a swimmer in the pool , but getting ready to swim in the ocean.

    Plus she said I had no kick , so using the Warrior fins, Finnis snorkel and alignment board, plus thanks so much for these videos being sent to me , I am learning alot . Even at 59 we can change and improve .

    • Gary Hall Sr

      Great to hear! We are never too old to improve in one way or another!


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