Part A – Blowing Bubbles


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[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left” font_size=”17″]In order to swim we must first become comfortable and relaxed in the water; if we are comfortable and relaxed we float better, if we are scared and tensed we are more likely to sink

Breathing in water is unlike breathing on land; it follows a set rhythm and pattern where you must breathe 100% in / 100% out

The more consistent our breathing pattern is in the water, the more swimming (laps) we can do; the more sporadic our breathing becomes, the less likely we will be able to swim for long periods of time

Efficient breathing comes from the diaphragm. To do this place on hand palm in front of your mouth, place the other hand on your belly. As you breathe in you should feel your belly expand outwards. Your chest and shoulders should remain still which indicates diaphragm breathing. If they rise or expand then you are not utilizing your diaphragm. Blow into your palm and you should create a steady stream of air hitting your palm

When entering the pool for the first time find a quiet corner or area in the shallow end of the pool and practice blowing bubbles. Start with placing your chin and mouth only in the water. Once you are comfortable blowing bubbles into the water for at least 5 to 10 seconds then place your nose into the water, then your eyes (with goggles on) and finally your entire head

Breathing in water uses only the mouth. Do not inhale or exhale using the nose while swimming and instead focus only on the mouth. Training your nose not to breathe in or out takes practice, you could wear a nose plug but I personally do not recommend it because you will become dependent on it.