Why You Shouldn't Use A Swimming Kickboard
Our friends at Propulsion Swimming believe that all training and drills to improve your swimming should directly translate when performing a full stroke. Which, is why they recommend not to use a kickboard.
Kickboards affect your body position by raising your head too high, dropping your hips too low, and keeping your hips flat. This is in contrast to when a full freestyle stroke is performed.
Propulsion Swimming recommend using the 'swordfish' kick instead of using a kickboard.
Use the 'swordfish' kick for:
- Replicating the actual Freestyle stroke
- Improving body rotation
- Training timing of your breathing
- Enhancing full extension after each arm stroke
Check out Propulsion Swimming's video below for a full description of how to perform the 'swordfish' kick.
However, we believe there is still a place for kickboard swimming. Especially for social swimming sessions, beginner swimmers and allowing for swimmers to be able to hear the coach during a session.