Three steps to practising your swim drafting until it’s perfect

We show you the basic steps for drilling this key skill in the pool with some training buddies, so you can get it right come race day and save valuable energy in the dip

Swimmers practicing drafting in the pool

If you’re going to reach your full potential as a triathlete then you’ll need a few core skills in your locker, with swim drafting being one of them.


Here, Joe Beer explains how to get it right in a pool session with some training buddies, so by race day you’ll be able to conserve valuable energy in the dip and hit T1 running…

Step one

Importantly, take off from the wall close behind the swimmer in front so you don’t have to sprint to catch them. With 2-3 or more people you can set up a chaingang drafting scenario.

Step two

Position yourself on your preferred breathing side of the swimmer-in-front’s feet, entering your hand in the water to just miss their toes. You’ll also miss the full brunt of their kick turbulence this way.

Step three

Though you’re drafting to save energy, still practise looking ahead to check you’re still on the feet of the person in front of you, and that those feet are going in the right direction. You don’t want to add distance unnecessarily.

(Images: Jonny Gawler)


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