Learning to Swim
Learning to swim is not an easy task, whether you are an adult or a child in Cornwall. It requires arm, core and leg strength. Swimming is not only an aerobic workout but also a strength building workout at the same time. It also requires controlled breathing which can take time to learn. All swimmers need lessons and practice to strengthen their swimming abilities.
Be Comfortable in the water
To first begin to swim, you will need to get used to the water and be comfortable and unafraid of the water. Make sure you begin practicing swimming at a pool with a lifeguard or a friend there to keep an eye on you. Start by walking around a pool’s shallow end. The more comfortable you feel, then the further you can venture out into the pool into the deeper end.
Once you are comfortable enough with being in the water, you can then try to get your face wet and underwater. In the shallow end, hold onto the side of the pool and place your face in the water. Blow a few bubbles and then take your face out of the water. Practice this until you are at ease with your face going under water. Then try to step away from the pool’s edge and further into the deep end. Again, put your face in the water and blow bubbles and then standing back up with your face out of the water over and over until you are fully content with this practice.
To float in the water, start by holding the side of the pool. Take a deep breath and lean backward until both of your feet and your head are level with the water. The back of your head should be slightly underwater. You should practice this until you are comfortable enough to let go of the side of the pool and float freely for at least 15 to 30 seconds.
Next, you should try floating with your face in the water. Similar to floating on your back, but with your face and feet pointing down to the bottom of the pool. You will need to be able to hold your breath with your face under water and to do this for about 10 to 15 seconds. Also like above, try at first while holding on to the side of the pool until you are comfortable enough to let go.
When you are ready to try free swimming, grab a floatation device such as a kickboard or foam pool noodle. Hold the device in front of you while standing at the pool’s edge. Push off from the wall and scissor kick with your legs straight behind you. While doing this, practice keeping your head above water consistently and stop to rest as needed.
When you are ready, try to implement using your arms one by one. Eventually, you can remove the floatation device and swim entirely on your own. Do not forget to enroll in official swim lessons to advance your swimming abilities and strength