Friday, March 7, 2008

Learn How To Swim 101-Floating Part 2

As I said the other week, in my opinion it is absolutely vital that people who are learning to swim learn how to float effectively.

Just as it is much more difficult to learn to swim than it need be if you won't put your head underwater, so not knowing how to float is equally disadvantageous.

Sorry for the delay in posting this. The pictures I wanted to use turned out to be a little harder to produce than I thought.

The problem of learning to float is that not everybody is the same shape. Some of us have more body fat, others of us have more muscle, others still have denser bone. The result is that we all have different buoyancy and that makes some people give up when they learn to swim.

But it really isn't as hard as some would want you to believe. Learning how to back float is just a matter of adjusting your buoyancy. Remember that you have now learned to manage your fear of putting your head underwater so it doesn't matter if or how many times you go under when you are learning this.

In my earlier discussion on learning to float on your back, I said that you should practice buy laying down in the shallow end preferably the toddler pool when only the life guard is looking and has given you permission. Bouncing off the bottom of the swimming pool till you begin to feel your self float.

Now it's time to take on slightly deeper water. Using the picture above, try to adjust your body till you feel as though you are more or less in that correct body position.

If you feel as though you are sinking, think about what part of your body is sinking and try to adjust that part until you are not sinking.

If your legs are sinking try and push your hands lower in the water as seen in the picture.

If your legs are still sinking try to tilt your head back more (chin away from your chest). But not so far as to put your head in the water behind you.

If these suggestions work then you are on your way but there are some who still have problems and I will discuss more about learning to Float on your back next time.


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