Sculling drills are a simple way to learn how to move water effectively therefore moving the body forward.

Other benefits to sculling drills are 

  1. Strengthening hand and forearm 
  2. Maintaining strong core position 

Three Sculling Phases

Phase 1 : Catch Sculling (What I call Window Wiper drill)
Phase 2: Mid Scull (infront of our shoulder but arm angle at 120deg underwater)
Phase 3: Push Phase Sculling - right at the back of the stroke (just short and wide of the hips)

I prefer individuals to have their head down while they scull as I believe it provides a better application to swimming freestyle. Use a central snorkel if you have one or can purchase one at your next swim lesson. 

Key Freestyle Sculling Drills

Practice sculling drills

  • Head first sculling
  • Feet first sculling

Watch this practical video to learn the skills and movements of effective sculling techniques. 


Get the basics of sculling correct and then apply what you learn from this as you develop the front end of your stroke with your catch and pull. This sculling type technique is what catches the body of water that your hand and forearm take from the front to the back end of the stroke.  Turn the wrist and forearm at any part of the stroke and the arm will slip through the water and you will lose the body of water you had in the catch and therefore the momentum that you could generate from a strong push phase holding that water.