Drill Library: Alligator Eyes

Understand Why We Do The Drill, :

  • It teaches you how to hold your body in a position of limited resistance while your face is up
  • It teaches you to keep your head low to the water while looking forward
  • It encourages you to push your chin forward instead of lifting your head up
  • Helps you comfortable with the sighting position needed to get a clear view of your target.

How To Do It:

Body Position:

  • Swim freestyle with your eyes looking forward in the direction you are moving

The Movement:

  • Begin to swim regular freestyle
  • Push your chin forward so that your face looks towards the wall you are moving towards and your eyes come up above the surface of the water.
  • Swim with your eyes looking forward until you need to breathe, then turn your head to to the side, grab a breath as you usually would do and then move your eyes to the front again.

Things To Focus On:

  • Push your chin forward so your eyes come up, don’t lift your head
  • Arch your back so that your hips stay close to the surface of the water
  • Keep your kick steady and consistent. If your kick stops, you will feel your hips drop
  • Do not breath while your eyes are looking forward. Only breathe to the side.
  • Make sure your arm recovery over the top of the water is big enough to clear the water’s surface.