Video Example of Leg Separation Dolphin Kick

From an Up Kick perspective, you can see she does a nice job of her up-kicking here getting into a solid 90-degree bend. So, you can see that 90-degree bend in that frame, so she’s got a great setup. There’s not a lot of hip movement. You can see in this frame how her hips are still in line with her knees, so you still want to have a little bit of that chest moving forward and backward. I would tell her to work on that. You don’t need the hands to be moving and you don’t necessarily need the streamlined to be moving, but you do want to see some movement in the hips. She’s got a great streamline up top, similar to the picture that I pointed out on the last slide.

From her Down Kick perspective, she pushes against the water. You can see in this frame how the tops of her feet are pointing backward, this is how we’re going to push water behind us instead of pushing water down. She has good ankle flexibility, so you can see how the water that she’s pushing is going down at an angle here instead of straight down to the bottom which would kick her up. As she finishes her Down Kick, she finishes her Down Kick in front of her body line which is exactly like we saw on the USA Swimming picture, a couple of slides ago-which is good. Every once in a while, when she hits a Down Kick she’ll hit a Down Kick with her feet unevenly so you can see that in this next frame here, as she comes up into her Up Kick how there’s a space in between her feet. So, I like to tell people that when you’re Dolphin Kicking, especially if you’re having issues keeping your legs together, think about keeping your big toes together, no matter if you’re on your front or your back, that will help kind of like keep a connection there and giving you more of a sense of like a monofin versus not.