Saturday, June 30, 2007

Back Float is Vital If You Want To Learn To Swim Properly

Leaning to back float is vital to beginner swimmers.

I've noted that a lot of parents and indeed swimming teachers don't take the time to get new swimmers to start to float on their backs. This is a huge mistake!

Learning Back Float is Learning To Swim Properly

The fact that most beginners are very afraid of being on their back when they first start to swim is the very reason they should be encouraged to do so.

Consider that the main purpose of learning to swim is to be safe in the water. Yes there are many other reasons, including fun fitness and competitiveness. But none of these matter a jot if you are not safe in the water.



If a person is the most competent swimmer in the world on their front but is terrified to be on there back they are not safe in the water. No one can be safe in the water and yet be afraid to be in certain positions in the water. Sooner of later you are going to end up in that position and then you are going to be in difficulty.

Image of pretty young woman doing a back float in the pool
Floating is Fun When You Know How
So, if you are going to learn to swim, you are going to have to learn to float on you back. No matter how young or old you are or how fearful you are of being on your back in the water, you have to learn. All good teachers know this and all good teachers will be helping the students to work through their fear. Being both firm and encouraging. Comforting and descriptive.

Enjoy
   Richard

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