There are many facets to a great swimming start. One of the most important being the hip lift just before entry. Timing the 'hip lift' is quite nuanced and can make the difference between a poor, or great start. We have found running dives to be the best and fastest way to learn the hip lift. We worked with 5 different athletes that each made common mistakes in the running dive. This allows the athlete to understand what they need to work on in order to improve their swimming start. We are fortunate to practice at a pool that allows us to perform running dives safely so please follow your pool rules and practice safely.