How To Do Dolphin Dives | Open Water Swim Entrance And Exit


(soft upbeat music)
– If you’re doing a triathlon that’s got a beach entry or a beach exit, then mastering the dolphin dive could give you a serious
advantage over your competitors. (upbeat music)
(dolphin clicking) – I know, I know, it does
look a little bizarre, but it won’t look so bizarre when
you leave everyone for dust. The dolphin dive is basically
for that depth of water that’s too deep to run in, but
also too shallow to swim in. So let’s run you through how to do it. (upbeat music) – When it comes to the
beach entry, you want to try and run in as far as you
can keeping your knees high and flicking your feet out to the side, and then, when you start
to lose your momentum, that’s the point that you
want to take your first dive. And I usually find it’s
somewhere where the water’s roughly just above my knees. – Imagine a hoop on the
surface of the water and you wanna get
everything from your hands right through to your
feet through that hoop, so you wanna start with
a streamline position and tucking your head in,
essentially like you do when you’re doing a dive
into the swimming pool, and you wanna get your hands through first and then you wanna follow
that with your legs and then your feet without touching the sides of that imaginary hoop. You should place your hands on the ground, quickly tuck your knees underneath you, then place your feet onto the ground. Now, push yourself off and forward. It’s best to leave your hands by yours sides to begin
with so you can launch out head first without causing any drag. As your arms clear the
water, you should now swing them over the surface of the water like you’re doing a butterfly stroke. Then, try to bring your hands back together and streamlined, tuck your head in, and reenter the water, either for another dolphin
dive or to begin swimming. – Just be aware that doing
too many dolphin dives can be quite tiring, so
as long as you keep it to just a few in a row, you’ll
still get a big advantage over anyone who’s trying to wade out or people who started swimming too soon. So as soon as you feel
that it’s deep enough, it’s time to just go
into your full stroke. – Well, this is all
very well in a calm sea, but what happens if you’re
running in at a a wall of waves? Well, when you get deep enough
and there’s a wave coming and it’s small enough, you
should maybe try to consider timing your dive so that
you go over the wave, but then if the wave’s ginormous, then you wanna try and time that dive so that you go underneath the wave. – And then, on the way back
in, you basically want to do the opposite, so swim as far as you can until your fingers start
touching the bottom. Soon as they do, put
both hands on the floor and do a few dolphin dives until you feel it’s shallow enough when
you can start running. Just keep your knees high
and flicking your feet. (upbeat music) – Well, there we go,
that is the dolphin dive. And the beauty of it is
that you can practice this in the shallow end of
your swimming pool, too, so you don’t have to just wait
until you’re in open water. – Well, let us know in
the comment section below how you get on practicing yours, and if you don’t want to miss
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water entry just here. – And if you’d like to see the exit video, you can click just here.

13 thoughts on “How To Do Dolphin Dives | Open Water Swim Entrance And Exit”

  1. Haha, great timing for the video! Today I was participating in a sprint distance event, where the swim took place in a very shallow lake so that you could actually walk the whole 750m distance. One guy managed to cover about a half of that with dolphin dives, which gave him a pretty strong lead into T1. His run leg seemed to be harder after that, although he did manage to keep the lead and win.

  2. I don't know, it looks cool but takes too much energy. Could be useful when waves are big. In every other case I'd start swimming.

  3. That will work great on crystal clear water like that beach, but what will u recommend on a lake shore start, where the first 50 yards are dark water and muddy bottom?

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