Bonus 6: Deep Water Swimming

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[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left” font_size=”17″ width=”940″]Swimming in deep water unassisted in a pool (or in an emergency situation) can be a challenge especially when we are forced to maintain treading or strokes for long periods of time

To alleviate this we can apply feet first diving and backwards treading which allow us to rest temporarily. Diving feet first downwards into the water allows us to rest and conserve energy by depending on momentum and gliding

To dive downwards imagine being a needle by bringing your arms and legs together and compact. Force your body up and plunge downwards as demonstrated in the video. As you descend bring your arms up over your head in a clapping motion. This will force your body lower into the water

As you reach the bottom use your feet to push yourself back up to the surface much like performing a glide off the wall. As your feet push off pull the water with your arms by bringing them back to your sides

Repeat this technique several times as seen in the video and you will start to notice that you are able to maintain treading for longer periods of time

Backwards treading puts less weight off our arms and legs and directed more to our backs. As you lean back almost in a back float position you will start to move in reverse. Couple this with regular treading, feet first dives and back floats in order to conserve more energy

Finally as an extra challenge try changing directions while backwards treading while looking to your sides for direction

 

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