Flutter Kick Technique

Flutter Kick has 2 Purposes:

  1. Propulsion: Approximately 10% of swimming speed comes form your kick.
  2.  Body Stability: Kicking stabilises the body both left and right as well as keeping the body level in the water.

Common Flutter Kick Mistakes

  • Large kick: legs kick too wide, creating more drag and resistance.
  • Bicycle kick: knees bend too much, and the power generated by the hips is lost.  Kicking with bend knees means that you only use power from your knees.

Flutter Kick Tips

  • Relax your ankles.
  • Only bend your knees slightly.
  • Generate the kick from the hips.
  • Keep the kick small and consistent.

This video demonstrates good flutter kick technique: