Every competitive swimmer, triathlete, Masters swimmer and fitness swimmer does some kind of kick set in their practices.
There’s sprint kick sets, endurance kick sets, kick sets with fins, kick sets without fins, kick sets using some form of additional resistance (e.g. completing kicking practice while wearing gym shoes or towing a resistance device like a sponge), “combination” sets where you swim one lap and kick the next, timed kick sets and kicking races.
And for the most part, kick sets are done while the swimmer is holding on to a kickboard.
Coaches have varying views of how to hold a kickboard during kicking practice, however, the most common ways of holding a kickboard are:
- Holding the kickboard at the end nearest to the swimmer’s head – the “near” edge;
- Holding the kickboard at the end furthest away from the swimmer’s head – the “far” edge;
- Holding the kickboard by placing one hand on either side of the board.
No matter which way you’re holding your kickboard during kicking practice: you’re probably doing it wrong.
It’s time to let go.