No matter what you try to learn or adapt to – there are some basic skills which you need to take care of.
And most often – if you get those right then 80 percent of the work is done. All those advanced stuff can be done by developing on that basic thing. So it is implied that once you made your mind to learn – go and master those basics.
Now that you are not young and struggling to manage the daily boring schedule – you feel stuck often. But no worries – take your time, take break but do come back. Because if you don’t give up then no one else can force you to give up. Timeline is fine but the spirit should be tight. So let’s get back to the 5 important basic skills in swimming…
In air it is automatic to breathe because your lungs need air and the surrounding is air. That dynamics change when you go inside water. Your lungs don’t want water – so you have to practice breathing out in water and breathing in in water.
Once you master that to the level such it becomes automatic – then you can do the other movements more fluently.
Once you go in the deep water, the challenge changes quickly. The floor below your feet suddenly vanishes. And you feel the sudden fear of drowning. Of course, you should only go in deep water once you know swimming.
But the no floor thing messes you up. So you need to practice staying in same place without swimming. This is called treading. Subtle vertical movements of hand and legs makes your body still in one place. This is an important step once you advances to the deep water.
If you go on the first day to a swimming pool and let yourself loose then you will float. It is literally the first the thing you will learn. You don’t have to put much thought into it – just lie down horizontally in water and boom you are floating.
It is in this position that you need to practice the leg and hand movements later. So, get yourself used to the floating regime.
The next thing once you are done with floating is to push yourself. When you are at one end of the swimming pool – and floating, push with your legs to float in the forward direction.
This helps you when you need to swim. It gives you the initial momentum till you gain the energy by swinging your legs and movements.
With nice googles which helps you see clearly – practice seeing at around 45 degree when you are floating downward facing. It helps to keep your body stabilized and helps in seeing the forward direction.
So you don’t get collided with someone coming from front and losing your direction or lane.
That’s it – go and roll yourself to learn all these basics, I believe in you.