Swimming Start Progression – Part 1

In the fast-approaching 2021 Paralympic and Olympic games in Tokyo, Paralympian Lizzi Smith will be swimming several sprint events. Lizzi recently trained with us in San Diego in order to improve her start for the upcoming Tokyo Games. We've had tremendous success teaching our athletes what we call the 'Brad Tandy' start that incorporate 3 distinct coupling motions including the head, arms and legs. Lizzi has one arm and was using a ‘weight forward’ swimming start not utilizing her upper body much at all. Because of Lizzi's disability we modified a slightly wider stance with the feet to compensate for any balance issues. Other than this slight modification, this is the same swimming start progression we teach to an age grouper, masters or professional so follow along through this series of dryland and swim drills and you too could be flying off the blocks on your start!