Originally Posted by shuumai
I watched young people practising at the YMCA. They tended to surface immediately after turning to backstroke. Maybe that is for safety since they were circle swimming with a lot of traffic?
I find that hard to believe. When you're streamlining underwater on your back, you can see everything that's going on at the surface. It's actually easier to see what other swimmers are doing underwater on your back than when you're doing backstroke at the surface.