Swim Drill: Side Kick

triathletes getting ready for the open water swim
January 25, 2009

Mike Ricci



Right Side Kick: 
How: Kick on your right side, with right shoulder pointed to the sky

Head: Relaxed, underwater, look at the side of the pool. Advanced itto look at the bottom, but be sure to maintain vertical shoulders when on your side: shoulders perpendicular to bottom of the pool.

Arms: Left arm extended, right hand rests on left thigh.

Toes: Toes pointed, ankles relaxed. Keep width of kick within “tube”created by your body: relatively narrow.

Breath: Take a small sculling motion with right hand and roll head easily to breathe. Exhale slowly and smoothly.


1. Keep shoulders perpendicular to pool bottom. “Point belly to the side of the pool.”

2.Relatively narrow kick.

3. Smooth breathing by rolling your head up to the sky.

Left Side Kick: the opposite of above

Coach Mike Ricci is the Founder and Head Coach for D3 Multisport.  His coaching style is ‘process-focused’ vs. ‘results-focused.’ When working with an athlete, their understanding of how and why they are improving is always going to take precedence over any race result. Yes, there is an end goal, but in over 2 decades of coaching, experience has shown him that if you do the right work, and for the right reasons, the results will follow.

Coach Mike is a USAT Level III Elite Certified Coach, Ironman University Certified Coach, and Training Peaks Level II Certified Coach. He was honored as the USAT Coach of the Year.

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