by Coach Emmett Hines
First, get rid of the kickboard! Moving faster through the water is primarily an exercise in decreasing resistance.
Get on your side with the bottom arm extended toward the far end of the pool and the top arm lying on your side. Your nose should be pointed straight up and
less than one quarter of your head — just your face — should be exposed to the air. “Lean” on your armpit, pressing your upper body toward the bottom of the
pool. Your lungs are the only part of your body that really floats well and the harder you press them down the harder the water will press back up on you. Press
hard enough to raise your hips to the surface, exposing a dry strip of flesh along that top arm. The result is a position where your arm, head, shoulders, hips
and legs are all in a horizontal line at the surface — called a “balanced,” side-lying position. This is the most streamlined, least resistive surface
penetrating position you can be in. Once you get a good feel for balance on your side you’ll be a faster kicker who spends less energy!