Off the Blocks

New innovative online resource

25 Aug 2016

British Swimming has launched a new innovative online resource, Off the Blocks, designed to provide information and support to teachers and coaches working across the country. 

Off the Blocks is a free programme designed by experts for the benefit of those that work at every level of the sport in Great Britain.

The resources have been produced to help upskill the teachers and coaches of the next generation of swimmers by providing a range of simple and relevant materials.

The first layer of content concentrates on ‘Technical’ issues, and focuses on starting, turning, underwater kicking and finishing skills. Further content will be added in other areas including ‘Physical’ and ‘Tactical’.

The first set of physical resources, produced in collaboration with Home Nation performance staff, UK Sport and the BSCA, can now be accessed online. 

The resource takes the form of a responsive micro-website which resizes for desktop, tablet and mobile view, providing video examples of elite male & female athletes, plus age group male and female exemplars.

Downloadable factsheets for coaches to use on poolside are available to support this resource. These contain:

  • Fundamental technique information
  • Coaching pointers
  • Drills, skills and progressions
  • Still images
  • Benchmark data

Registration is required in order to access the site from the UK only, details of which can be found at: 

If you would like more information please contact the 'Off the Blocks team here.