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Underwater Pullout Teaching Progression
Step #6: Full Breaststroke Pullout with 3 Different Dolphin Timing Styles

The final step in teaching the breaststroke pullout is to introduce several variations of when the swimmer may take the single allowable dolphin kick. There are three basic variations, and the swimmer needs to experiment and determine which is best for him or her.

Whichever variation the swimmer uses, the dolphin kick should be small, fast, and powerful.

It should be a quick downbeat that sends the body forward.

At the completion of the dolphin kick, the body should be straight and horizontal in the water.

A big, slow, undulating dolphin that puts the swimmer in a jack-knifed position, like this, should be avoided.

The primary rule for the dolphin kick on the breaststroke pullout is that the hands must separate from their original dive or push-off glide position before the dolphin kick can begin.

If you are in streamline, like this, all you need to do to initiate the pull is separate from streamline.

If you are gliding like this from your dive or push-off, you must separate the hands farther, like this, before you can initiate the dolphin kick.

Be aware that if you separate the hands and move them back toward each other with a little scull motion before pulling down – this constitutes a second pull and is not legal.

Variation #1 is to…Streamline, break the hands and pull, initiating the dolphin kick near the end of the pull, snapping into a horizontal line.

Variation #2 is to …Streamline, break the hands and pause at “11,” then dolphin, and then complete the pullout.

Variation #3 is to…Streamline, then break the hands and press the chest down a little. The feet will rise. Then snap the feet down in a dolphin motion at the beginning of the pull.