How to use a pullbuoy to improve your arm technique

A pullbuoy can be a fantastic training aid for helping swimmers to maximise their time in the pool and work on arm technique.

The primary purpose of the pullbuoy is to assist in balancing the lower body in the water. This is achieved by placing it between the tops of your inner thighs and holding it in place gently with your legs.

Keeping the pullbuoy held in position while you swim allows you to turn your full attention to your arm technique. Your buoyancy in the water will be increased, and your lower body will be raised to reduce drag and increase efficiency.

The arms will be responsible for doing all the propulsion work, no matter which stroke you use, which will increase arm and shoulder strength.

You'll also have more time to concentrate on your arm pull stroke or breathing technique, and your general swim posture.

ProSwimwear stock a wide range of these training aids from all the top brands. You can shop our full pullbuoy range here, or check out some of our recommendations below.


Speedo Pullbuoys

speedo pullbuoy

The guys at Speedo Fit have put together a useful training video (above) to show you how easy it is to use a pullbuoy. It's a quick watch, and will help you visualise how useful one of these aids can be when you're in the pool.

We have the standard Speedo Pullbuoy available to buy from our shop, as well as the Speedo Fastskin Pullbuoy which has been developed in association with world class swimmers. It has a new shape design to further help your position in the water, and has a durable gloss finish for an even longer life.


FINIS Axis Buoy

FINIS Axis Buoy

The FINIS Axis Buoy is a great choice if you want to add an extra dimension to your training.

It can be used as a regular pullbuoy, but you also have the option to attach it to your ankles and use it as an ankle float.

Made from lightweight EVA foam, it is comfortable to use and lightly textured for a more secure grip, making it easy to transfer between ankles and legs. The FINIS Axis Buoy is also available in two sizes.


Arena Freeflow Pullbuoy

arena pullbuoy

The Arena Freeflow Pullbuoy gives you that traditional figure-of-eight shape, and is made of soft lightweight foam for comfort (and to avoid chafing).

Like all Arena products, it looks very stylish and is available in a choice of eye-catching colour combinations featuring the reknowned Arena branding. Our current favourite is lime and black.


Maru Pull Buoy

maru pullbuoy

This is the pullbuoy for you if you're looking to add more colour to your swim training.

The Maru Pull Buoy is a popular choice among our customers, not only because of their vibrant multi-coloured designs but also because they're a traditional pullbuoy that offer excellent value for money.

They have been designed for optimal buoyancy, and their contoured design improves water flow while reducing friction. Junior pull buoys are also available.