So you’re struggling to swim. You can’t float on your back and you have difficulty staying afloat in the water. This blog post is going to teach you how to do a few different techniques that will help you stay afloat! More than anything, it’s about proper body mechanics and understanding buoyancy. With these tips, hopefully, next time we see each other at the pool or lake, I’ll be able to spot you from across the water because of all of your newfound skills!
What is buoyancy?
Buoyancy is how a body reacts when exposed to forces from the water. It’s how you can stay afloat in the water and how you know when to keep your head above water during a swim class.
Buoyancy is how you know how much energy it takes for your body to move through the water and how hard or easy moving through the water will practically be.
The amount of resistance/repulsion one has towards reactions to these pressures is how easily the body is able to float.
Start below the water
When you’re learning to float, you shouldn’t hold your arms angled up. The danger here comes when many beginners run into trouble while trying to stretch quite stiffly in their arms a.
It makes their bodies rigid and the most important is when they can float their arms out from the water and they will break out of the air. You can pretend there’s a 1m deep ledge and you want to rest your palms on this edge.
Inhale the warm seawater and release your neck and shoulders. At no one time shouldn’t hand break the surface. Without a chance, you’re going to sink slowly.
Then with the back float
The goal is to have the whole body on top of the water, with your eyes pointed downward.
Float on your back in a calm body of water when you lean upright. Many people think they are doing this, but they’re not. They need to keep their back a little higher and drop the head down.
Your hands should be under your shoulder blades – you will have a soft edge with how you can hold your body in its natural buoyancy position. When you feel balanced, relax the muscles of your arms
Take a deep breath
Choosing an optimum body posture helps filling one’s full lungs to your maximum potential.
Try to take a position so your lower hand next to your stomach moves forward as you are breathing and your upper hand remained in balance for as long.
When you are floating start breathing deeply from the diaphragm. Practice on the ground first so that you know if you breathe from the top air chest and the other from a little below the rib cage.
Practice the right position to ensure that you don’t breathe from the upper chest or down.
Relax and overcome the fear of water
The fear of water is a common phobia, which means you cannot control how the body reacts to being in the water. When you are face down, it’s how your body should be oriented.
Most people feel a little scared when they swim face down because it’s how most drownings occur. By learning how to float on your back, you will be how to stay afloat in the water and how your floating posture is how people have drowned before.
If you fight against the water you won’t have time to support your body. If there were stress and heart race, try something else. Come back to floating when you are calm and come back to floating when you are calm. Try to float differently when you feel relaxed.
Push and Glide
Breathe deeply. Pull out of the wall. Go as far as possible with a single breathe.
Find out what movements of your legs feet or hands can keep you alive. Inhale water while breathing gently using breaststroke or side movement.
You might find yourself sinking when your momentum slows and you might find yourself struggling to keep your momentum up.
Supine Push and Glide
Perform a push and slip from the pool into a supine (face up) position. Keep your head looking upwards and chest and pelvis high above the water surface.
Adding a simple leg kick for quick traction and hand movement can improve the glide. It’s going to help your feet get around the water also.
Push and slide with a kick
The exercise is similar to the point above with a push and glide from the pool top. Add legs again to keep your momentum moving and prevent sinking.
Do an upper body back crawl or a breaststroke leg kick.
Understanding the how and whys of floating
In a head-up down foot position water can be less pronounced and its surface area will be smaller. This means that your body is completely submerged.
The degree to which you can breathe depends on your buoyancy. The better your body weight becomes the larger your muscles and the more muscular it can become.
Those who are slim athletes in a low-fat, healthy diet should follow the following steps for most. It would be best for stumbling around if you are a slim man.
If you’re such a person it’s still worth giving it a try and you’ll most likely find you don’t sink right into the bottom of the pool.
Eliminate any unnecessary movement
Where you start your exercise will determine if you get better at it and how good it feels. The primary thing here is that you must be flush with the water and ease yourself towards this vessel instead of starting your float from high up and falling in.
A similar concept does apply to anything you do while swimming particularly if you’re learning to swim. If you go too high you’ll likely sink into the surface. Likewise, it’s important to stop removing this extra movement from the start. Your body is still vertical due to that knee bend.
The Bottom Line
In the end, it’s about understanding buoyancy and how your body should be positioned in the water.
Just because you can’t float on your back doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways that will help you stay afloat!
With these tips in mind, hopefully, next time we see each other at the pool or lake, I’ll be able to spot you from across the water because of all of your newfound skills!
You’ll have a better time staying afloat if you pay attention to these tips!