Thursday, April 17, 2008

Learn How To Swim 101-Getting your head under water addendum

As I have said before, when you are learning to swim you also need to get used to having your head under the water.

As we have seen, for some students this can be a challenging process. One of the factors that is most disliked after the fear factor is that for some it is not pleasant getting water into your ears or nose. I always say to my students "I know that it feels funny but it is safe" in order to reassure them.

To prevent getting water in your ears and up you nose is quite simple, use ear plugs and nose plugs. I have to say however that I am not a fan of using them especially when students first start to swim, unless there is a medical reason. My thinking is that if you are learning to swim then you are learning not to freak out when you get water up your nose or in your ears. Because if your are freaking out at such small things you are not safe in the water.

Preventing water getting up your nose without nose plugs is also quite simple. If you are blowing air out of your nose (exhaling through your nose) no water will be able to get into your nose at the same time.

As far as your ears go, they are generally self cleaning providing you don't play with them when you first get them wet. Be patient and the water will come out by itself. If it is not happening quickly enough for you, you can always stand on one foot with your ear tilted to the ground and hop. It's effective but looks very funny however.

After you have mastered getting you head under water you now need to learn to float.



  1. I started teaching a friend to swim today and your posts have been very helpful. Thank you.

  2. You are welcome,

    I'm very glade you found my information helpful.


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