Originally Posted by Talvi
Not familiar with buoy turns.
There are numerous ways to do them. It's been a while since I've done the kind I was taught, but if memory serves, this is how to turn left to go counter-clockwise around a buoy in an open water event.
- As the left arm enters the water and pushes forward, use it as an axis to pivot around until you're on your back.
- As you recover your right arm, roll your body back over onto the front as the right arm enters the water again.
- Swim a few strokes until you're nearly past the buoy (or in this case, around the bottom of the passing lane)
- Repeat to turn 90º again to head up the other side
To turn clockwise, just reverse the arms and start with your right arm as the pivot.
I don't know if this explanation makes any sense, I'll have to practice this turn next time I'm swimming and see if I can describe it any more clearly.