TURNS – Noodle Flip – Step 2 Here’s Step #2 in our 5-step sequence for learning the flip turn. Even if you already know how to do a flip, this drill is fun and will reinforce the key skill of using your abs rather than your hands to initiate the flip. In step #1, you used a Styrofoam noodle to help master the important skill, flipping straight over on your turn. In step #2, you will again use a noodle, this time, to learn how to flip without using your hands or arms to get around. Here’s what you’re aiming for as a final result, a flip turn where you use your abs rather than your arms to get around. If you can keep your arms out of the equation, they’ll be ready to help you streamline when your feet hit the wall. How to do it: Stand in the shallow end just inside the flags and facing the wall. Put the noodle behind you and hold it at both ends. Make sure your arms are extended behind you with the elbows locked. Take a big breath and put your face in the water and kick toward the wall. Keep your arms extended behind you. When you get about two feet from the wall, do a straight over somersault. When you somersault, don’t do anything with your arms. Just hang on to the noodle and flip straight over. If you do this correctly, your arms should be above your head when your feet hit the wall. And you can just push off. Don’t worry about getting a big push off. All you need is to go straight over and have the noodle just above your head when your feet hit the wall. If you’re too close or too far away from the wall, simply adjust the point in which you initiate your flip. Once you get the hang of this with the noodle, try it with two pull buoys. The pull buoys will have more flotation than a noodle, and will imprint the feeling of weightless hands as you flip. Don’t try to set any speed records in this drill. Just keep everything relaxed and easy. Go straight over. And your hand should be right there waiting for you. Have fun with step #2 and stay tuned for step #3.