Drill 1.5: Sculling with Arms

To strengthen arms by using the various arm sculling movements.

Diagram 1.5 Sculling with Arms


  1. Line up swimmers in files at end of the pool.
  2. Start groups in waves executing the following arms sculling skills:
    1. On back, feet first (toes breaking water).
    2. On front, head first (heel breaking water).
    3. On front, arms overhead, feet first (keep kicking).
    4. On back, head first.
  3. Continue until arms have received a good workout.

Variation: This drill may be conducted as a relay.

Drill 1.6: Partner Tow

To develop arm stroke and feel drag of opponent when being held.

Drill 1.6 Diagram


  1. Pair off swimmers in groups of two at the end of the pool.
  2. O partners tow X to opposite end of pool who holds on to his suit, hips or legs.
  3. Reverse procedure when pairs reach other end of pool.
  4. Continue drill for any given number of laps.

Bill's Biography

Bill Anttila
Known nationally as one of the foremost authorities on water polo, Bill Anttila was inducted in the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame on January 17, 2004. He was involved in aquatics from 1947-1984. In 1948, Bill was responsible for the inauguration of the first community college water polo program in Northern California at Stockton College. Before that, Bill began the water polo program at the University of the Pacific in 1947. He coached the Pacific Tigers for 18 years with only one losing season and his 1956 team won the league championship with a 12-2 record. Bill was also the swimming coach at Stockton College, where he won 10 NCC championships and never had a losing season.

During his 38 years of coaching water polo, his teams won 10 Northern California Championships. In 1,099 games, Anttila compiled a 759-340 overall record {.691 winning percentage}. At the time of his retirement, Anttila was the winningest water polo coach in the United States. He had the satisfaction of coaching over 50 All-Americans. He has written a book titled Water Polo Drills and Playing Hints. Anttila was inducted into the Stockton Hall of Fame in 1985. He was then inducted into the University of the Pacific Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989. He is currently retired and resides in Stockton with his wife, Sisko, of 50 years.


The medal pictured above is the last solid gold Olympic medal which was given out at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics in Sweden

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