Open turn

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Petar Stoychev doing an open turn in a short course pool during the 450m endurance swim at the 2016 Winter World Swimming Championships in Tyumen, Russia

noun - An open turn or touch 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).

Cold Water Swimming

Open turns are also done by extreme swimmers in pools cut out of ice at winter swimming and ice swimming competitions.


tumble turn, turn, flip turn


touch turn


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

Colin Hill doing open turns in a 500m freestyle inside the Arctic Circle at the IISA 3rd World Championship in Murmansk, Russia in March 2019.

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