SwimmersBest Drill of the Month: Open Water Sighting

By Torrey Hart
May 01st, 2019

SwimSwam thanks SwimmersBest for sponsoring “Drill of the Month.” This is a SwimSwam recurring feature that brings drills and idea submissions from various creative and innovative coaches all over the world.

April’s drill comes to us from recently-retired world champion triathlete Rebekah Keat, now a coach. Keat is the fourth-fastest female IRONMAN in history, and has more than 25 IRONMAN and half IRONMAN podiums to her name. She and wife Siri Lindley, also a former world champion triathlete, now run Team Sirius Tri Club.

Keat’s drill is for practicing open water “sighting,” which is how swimmers stay on-course during a triathlon or general open water swim.

“Basically it’s a sighting drill where you include the eyes looking up very quickly and turning head to breathe as normal without losing rhythm and incorporating sight into the breath,” Keat said. “A straighter arm works great for this, but also is great for open water with chop and waves.”

1. Swim freestyle with a straight arm.
2. Look up as you breathe, incorporating the breath and the sighting into one movement.
3. Keep in mind that you are not lifting your head for a water polo-type head-up stroke. Instead, you look up quickly as you take a regular breath.

Watch the sighting technique in the video below: