Open turn

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noun - An open turn is a style of turning at the wall to reverse direction in a swimming pool. In an open turn, the swimmer touches the wall, with one or two hands depending on the requirement for the stroke (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke or freestyle), and then turning on the wall to face the opposite end of the pool and pushing off to begin a new lap.

Open turns are usually done by swimmers doing butterfly or breaststroke while swimmers doing freestyle or backstroke usually turn using flip turns (or tumble turns).

Open turns are also done by extreme swimmers in pools cut out of ice.

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Henri Kaarma doing open turns in a 100m freestyle inside the Arctic Circle at the Winter Swimming Championships in Murmansk, Russia.

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