In past days it was the parents who were usually responsible for teaching their children to swim, mostly because of safety should they fall into water. Modern days we have seen schools and swimming clubs take on that duty, and really a parent only gets involved at holiday times or if they think their child is a good enough swimmer to compete. This blog concentrates on how to learn to swim as a beginner, and offers tips and pointers on starting to swim and keeping the momentum going. Not only can swimming save your life it is a great aerobic workout and a fine way to keep fit. When you first start you will probably notice that you get out of breath easily, as there is skill developing how to breathe under water that you have to learn. The strong advice is take lessons but here are a few starter points that you can practice by yourself but whilst somebody else is there to supervise.
Get Used to the Water
You need to be relaxed with water, so get in the shallow end and walk about. Get used to how to move in the water, its resistance and buoyancy. As you grow more confident walk in deeper up to your shoulders, some beginners fear water so you need to conquer that fear, be comfortable in the pool.
Get Your Face Wet
Time now for your face to get acquainted, in the shallow end hold on to the side of the pool. Take a deep breath, submerge your face and exhale blowing bubbles. Then stand and breathe normally for a few minutes and repeat the action. Practice repeatedly until you are comfortable with your face under water, then you can try moving deeper without holding the side of the pool.
Learn to Float
Next you need to learn how to float, again holding the side of the pool for support take a deep breath and lean back. Whilst on your back try to float for around thirty seconds you may find this will take several attempts. Try the same face down, but for this exercise you will have to kick your legs to give you buoyancy. Once you have mastered both exercises build up so you can do them without holding on to the side.
Use a Float
There are many flotation devices and you will need the help of one for this next exercise, normally some sort of styrofoam float is ideal. Hold the float out in front with arms straight and push off from the side of the pool, kick your legs behind you as you go, rotating your head from one side to the other taking in air as you swim. Try to swim a lap then take a rest.
Try Without a Float
When you are comfortable doing laps with a float it is now time to discard it. Kick off from the side and use your arms straight out in freestyle/crawl swimming, don’t forget to breathe as you have practiced. This is best done in shallow water to give you confidence. When you have mastered all of the above it is now time to start taking proper swimming lessons.