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Learning how to float is a first step to becoming a swimmer. In order to float you need to be truly relaxed in the w... See More
Learning how to float is a first step to becoming a swimmer. In order to float you need to be truly relaxed in the water. This iSport lesson demonstrates how to float on your front and your back and how these skills apply to swimming. Start in a pool with a shallow end or steps. This will make it easier to stand up and take breaks. Holding on to the side of the pool lay back in the water. Spread your arms and legs out wide like a starfish. This distributes weight across the surface of the water, it makes it easier to stay afloat. Make sure that your head is dropped back. If your head is up your hips and legs will sink. Your entire body should be relaxed. When you tense up your muscles displace water differently making your heavier in the water. If necessary lightly kick your legs to keep them up. Because of muscle and bone density, not everyone's legs float on their own. Floating on your front uses all of the same elements as floating on your back but your face will be in the water. Be sure to take a big breath of air before starting your float. Now let's review what we just learned. Lay on your back or front. Spread your arms and legs wide. Keep your head down to help your hips and legs stay up. Stay relaxed. Lightly kick with your feet to keep your legs at the surface of the water. You should be able to confidently float on your front and back before starting any aquatic exercise or swim. This will help you stay more relaxed before you swim and give you the peace of mind.
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