The moment you dip in the swimming pool, the first thing is the feeling of lost. You see the kids of age 5 and adults of age 60 and everyone in between. All of them are swimming like a dolphin. You try to find the one person with whom you can relate to – in terms of the beginner vibe.
But as it turns out, the few people who don’t know swimming are at different stages. And you are here at the absolute beginner level.
Where do you start? How to even try something without risking of doing something stupid? And how will the other swimmers react…
The idea of embarrassment haunts you. And while you are thinking bazillion different things – it strikes you that 5 minutes have passed. Now you must do something to fit in. So you do the act of swimming in the shallow water standing. You go nowhere but you feel if you kneel down and just let the hands move – it will be better.
Worry not, I got you. Take a deep breath – literally. Let me help with you the first thing you need to learn – float.
Comfortable In Floating
First you need to be in the shallow water – so you can stand and your head will be above the water.
3 Steps to float
- Take a deep breath and hold it
- Stretch your arms and let go off the feet from the ground
- Don’t exert anything. Let the body do its trick naturally
The key thing here is to let the body of any force. Your body will naturally float in the water. You will fail – try again after 30 seconds. After many tries, your body will float.
Since your body density is less than water, it is physics that you will float. But if you put pressure, move your body vigorously then it will sink. So the practice is to relax your mind. Start from a standing position, stretch your hands straight, bend your body and just let if fall slowly with the simultaneous feet coming up. Try to be as calm as possible.
The result will be you will be floating. You can do both front and back float. But I suggest, you practice the front float first because it will help you to swim – as the styles are more in the forward direction.
You should keep practicing the float till it becomes your second nature. If you find it difficult to float then you can take the help of floaters to keep it in your hand. It provides an extra layer of low density which helps even more.
But ideally you shoudl be able to float with just your body. So either way, how to start – gradually move on to the feeling of floating.
You have succeeded in learning float when you get in the water and withing seconds can get to float your body without any deliberate thinking. Its like walking but in water. Good luck.