Building a feel for the water as well as team bonding, this drill is good for many reasons.
Why Do It:
Sculling is a staple drill for most teams, so adding a team dynamic makes it fun, and a bit challenging.
How to Do It:
1. Swimmers line up in pairs, one going backward and the other going forward.
2. The swimmer going backward uses a fingers-up scull, which will push the feet forward.
3. The swimmer going forward uses a standard front scull.
4. The swimmers should stay in sync, speed wise, and maintain a proper sculling action through the entire set.
How to Do It Really Well (the Fine Points):
Head up, head down, pull buoys or not, the trick here is to make sure you’re sculling and not pulling. The swimmer going forward will typically be a bit faster, so some moderation in speed will be necessary.
We did this for 10 x 50 long course, so while this seems like an easy set, your forearms and fingers will be feeling this at the end. If that doesn’t do it… have the swimmers race.