Q. What's the fastest way to improve your swimming speed? A. Better turns and pushoffs. You push off to start every length - and turn at the end of most. If you improve both, then every length you swim will improve. These skills are the way: CRITICAL PUSHOFF SKILLS Three skills give you a longer, faster pushoff: 1.Streamline to travel farther and faster underwater. Cover each lap in fewer strokes. 2. Balance so your kick propels you forward, instead of fixing body position. Save air and energy. 3.Move forward, not up, through the surface. Start stroking with easy speed.