How to Help Your Swimmers Learn to Draft

Drafting is an important open water skill that can be practiced in the pool

Most of the technique coaching we provide our swimmers centers on reducing drag. Every square inch of body surface that pushes forward against the water slows that swimmer’s progress. But directly behind that body, there’s a slipstream zone that allows a following swimmer to avoid much of that resistance.

Swimming within that slipstream is known as drafting, and allows the trailing swimmer to follow a faster swimmer at a pace they couldn’t achieve on their own; or follow a swimmer of similar speed with greatly reduced effort.

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