Walking, running, and biking are all relatively easy to master; however, learning to swim requires some coordination and stamina, and to top it all off, we all have a different swimming styles based on our physical ability, making it even more difficult.
The good news is that anyone can learn to swim with the correct guidance. Here are a few beginner guidelines to help you master the realm of water.
Let’s think about a few things before we jump in the water.
For starters, swimming is performed horizontally, which is unnatural for many people. You might think, “Duh,” but keep reading.
When lying on the water, most rookie swimmers feel disoriented; they sometimes feel like they may fall or lose control of their bodies. This causes the swimmer to try to swim over the water by elevating the upper body slightly and therefore deviating from the horizontal plane. This fear of falling, however, should be conquered because it is not the reality. Instead, consider it more like lying down on a lovely comfy bed.
Second, continue with the bed comparison. When you lie down to sleep, your body and all your muscles relax. This is precisely how you should feel when floating in the water. Believe it or not, the more calm you are, the easier it is to maintain balance.
So please pay attention to us and RELAX.
Third, avoid using any floating apparatus. It is simpler to kick with a kickboard or rely on a belt around your waist, but most people become dependent on the floating equipment, making it challenging to learn to swim correctly.
Lastly, BREATHE. Keep your mouth shut. Begin softly expelling bubbles when you breathe and place your face in the water.
This will relax and allow you to enjoy your swimming workout even more.
If you’re having problems breathing, these drowning prevention tips may assist.
Fifth, don’t be afraid; water is on your side. So many people have mastered swimming before you, so why not you?
Let’s get to the good stuff now. So, what do I do in the pool, you may be wondering? Where do I begin?
So, let’s see:
If you are frightened of water, start by standing in the pool’s shallow end, grasping the wall, and squatting so your chin is close to the water.
Take deep breaths.
When you’re ready, try going deeper underwater while holding your breath.
Relax and utilize a beautiful flowing motion instead of going up and down fast.
If that’s okay, try to keep your head immersed longer. Open your eyes, gaze around, and explore the beauty of the aquatic environment if you have your goggles (you’re almost like Kevin Costner now).
Avoid wearing any floating equipment that would assist you in floating. Learning to float independently is the best way to progress, so exercise the correct muscles and body positions from the start.
If you need security, try the 360swim safety solution, which provides peace of mind.
Relax by blowing bubbles 2. It’s time for bubbles now that you’ve mastered going underwater.
Squat down, clutching the wall with your hands, and blow bubbles through your mouth.
You’re still nice and comfortable, going up, taking a breath, and down for a few seconds, blowing bubbles.
Increase the amount of time you spend beneath water blowing bubbles.
Exhaling with bubbles aids relaxation by keeping you from being overly tense when holding your breath.
You may even blow bubbles while counting to 5 or any other number.
Standing up, with your arms at your sides, slowly lie down in the water, face down, while extending your arms above your head. As a result, you end yourself lying on the water as a tree log, stretching your arms as far forward as you can with your palms down.
Hold your breath (mouth closed:)) and relax. The water’s surface should be hitting you on the back of your hair on top of your head, so bring your chin toward your chest.
Don’t be frightened to stick your head under the water for a few seconds.
When you’re ready to stand, carefully pull your knees to your chest while maintaining your arms stretched front and your head under the water (you’re still looking at the bottom).
You’ll notice your body shifting from horizontal to vertical.
When your buttocks begin to sink, carefully move your straight arms (palms facing down) from above your head to your hips, maintaining your arms straight. As a result, they will form a lovely half-circle.
When upright, with your face still in the water, extend your legs to the pool’s bottom and twist your head out of the water (backward).
Experiment with exhaling (blowing bubbles) while your head is submerged. This will allow you to relax more.
If you can master all the swimming techniques I mentioned above, you should feel pretty at ease in the water.
If not, keep practicing until you can easily handle 1,2,3.
Good luck, and keep in mind that water is not evil. Don’t overthink things; we all have survival instincts. 🙂
After you’ve mastered the above, feel free to proceed to the next post, where I’ll show you how to begin your first motion in the water, or just jump right into some swim instruction blogs.