Floating is the essential thing, perhpas the first thing you need to learn. Only then you can channel yourself to swim efficiently. It gives you a sense of confidence – because you are not ,moving and yet you don’t sink.
Slowly as you are able to hold the float for more time, you can try different movements and see their impacts visibly. It’s as if someone as given you the cheat code and now you are trying new things.
Front float is the basic thing you learn. But as you advance, back float is what you can boast about. Because not many people opt to learn it.
Let’s dive in the mystery behind the types of float…
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Floating front – my stomach on the water and head facing down inside the water is the basic thing. It is an essential part of learning to swim the freestyle – front crawl. Hence, this is the one which I learnt first. It took me around 1 month to perfect it.
Naturally when you learn something in specific order, it is difficult to do that thing in reverse order. For example, trying to walk backwards in a difficult endeavour.
Hence, when you learn to do a back float – your head facing the sky and lying on your back – it will be challenging. Because you have to do everything opposite. Your body isn’t used to this position – so it will be learning baby steps again.
When I tried to do back float – I had already learnt swimming. So I have been doing the front float for the most time of my training. Hence, doing a back float felt like a step up. Something to chase for and hard to accomplish. Also, when you know swimming – you try to embarrass yourself less. Because there seems a status quo attached now.
But the basics of learning always remain the same. Fail multiple times because you can. And then you learn that skill. So water went up my nose, I felt like falling and I did it. So stick around and keep pushing.
All of my friends who learnt the back float after front float found it difficult. And it was a tremendous amount of fear which they had. Me on the other hand managed to do it quickly.
I was surprised and in awe. At last, I got something to boost about to my friend. But turns out – no matter what you can do there are many people who are far ahead in other aspects.
So I returned to my same old school – it is okay to make fun of yourself. As long as you are going ahead in the direction you desire.
And the timeline for learning is subjective. For some people, it comes naturally and for others it takes substantial time. It doesn’t matter, what matters is that how long do you want to practice. Also, the end goal – how important it is for you. If it is of great importance then sticking for longer time is okay. In the end it is you who have to decide for what is your ideal course time, when you quit and when you stick.
Have you been in situation where you desperately try to do something. But you can’t. Once you allow yourself to open up and learn from the failures, you grow and most of the times succeed. For me swimming is the prime example.
Between me and swimming lied one big thing. Which is the core of many things in life – FEAR. From failures to going into unknown territory and sometimes senseless fear – we get it all. And many times, you keep that fear too close – which prevents you from trying on new things. And the cycle keeps repeating.
The idea is to punch that fear in the face. When you see a tiger, you feel fear. And that is rational because you might get killed. But if you stand in the front of 100 people with a mic, you fear. But in this case, you won’t die. So such fear are keeping us from achieving the true potential.
So go ahead and become the best version of yourself. Face your fears, better overcome them.