The eggbeater kick is mainly used in treading water for water polo and requires the legs to move in opposite directions. Learn eggbeater kicks for swimming with tips from a swimming instructor in this free video swim lesson.
Hi, this is Phillip Toriello, and this is how to do the eggbeater kick. The eggbeater kick is one of the most involved forms of treading water. It's primarily used in water polo, but it can also be used in other forms, such as waterfronts, open waterfronts when you're helping, as far as being a lifeguard is concerned, and just treading water in general, for safety or exercise. The eggbeater is basically just that. It's an eggbeater type fashion with your legs. The best way to start, is to go ahead and find yourself a standard dining room chair. It's at 90 degrees. Go ahead and sit on the edge of it, with your legs hanging over, also bent at a 90 degree angle, and just go ahead and start moving with your right leg. Just move it in a circular fashion, counterclockwise, and then once you become comfortable with that, use your other leg, your left leg, and go in a clockwise position. Just do one leg at a time until you're comfortable with moving your legs in a circular fashion. Once you think that you're comfortable in making a full circle with each leg, in that upright sitting posture, go ahead and start your right leg, and right as your right leg is coming out, have your left leg go in, so at all times, there's going to be a leg going in, and another leg going out, so if these are my legs, they would be like this. In, out, in, out, in, out. Another way to practice this, once you become comfortable sitting in a chair and doing it, is to go ahead and sit on the side of the pool, so you can kind of feel the resistance of the water. Then from there, you can slide into the pool, move those legs, and then as you become more comfortable, you can raise one arm at a time, treading water with the other, and then eventually you'll be able to tread water, just using your legs in the eggbeater kick, with both hands up out of the water. To learn more, contact your local water polo expert.