Turn Time

A look at how TritonWear measures Turn Time, what is considered good vs bad, and how to improve it.

What is Turn Time? 

Turn Time is simply the time it takes a swimmer to complete the actual turn, not to be confused with Transition Time, which is the longer more traditional sense. This is the actual time spent changing directions at the wall. 

How is it measured? 

Turn Time is a time-based metric measured in seconds. It begins with the initiation of the change in direction at the wall and ends when the revolving motion is complete. 

What is a good Turn Time? 

This is one of those metrics where faster is always better. Literally, just focus on getting turned around just as fast as humanly possible while maintaining proper form so you're well-positioned heading out of the turn. 

Typical Turn Time Ranges

Find your preferred stroke and pool length below to see where you sit within the range for your personal overwater speed.

Turn Time

How to Improve Turn Time? 

Good transitions begin at the turn, with the proper combination of speed and technique. 

The goal is to turn as fast as possible without compromising form.

  • The 1st step to performing a great turn is a strong approach to the wall – head down, legs up, and a perfectly timed last pull before (or at the start of) the turn. A strong approach, combined with proper technique and speed. Improvements in turn time lead to improvements in overall swim time.
  • Also, a good transition of the wall sets the swimmer up for a powerful push-off and efficient time underwater. Making small but specific adjustments to a given turn type can lead to smoother and faster transitions off the wall.