4 adult swimming aids to help you learn to swim
During your swimming lessons and on your visits to the pool, you might see different types of floats and equipment around the poolside. Many of these will be adult swimming aids and are a great asset to have to help you learn to swim, these can be purchased from your local swim shop or sports shop.
How to use each swimming aid isn?t always obvious. So below we?ve added?a simple guide to what each piece of equipment is and how best to use it.
Floats or Kickboards
These make great swimming aids when learning to swim. They are more often called?kickboards rather than floats and are used to practice leg kick. Simply hold the float out in front of you, place your hands through the two hand holes or you can grip over the top of the float, whichever way is most comfortable for you. Aim to get your body in a horizontal position on the surface of the water. Then begin your leg kick starting with a strong push-off from the wall.?To practice your backstroke leg kick, you can either lie on your back and hold the float to your chest in a hugging position, or place it above your head flat on the water with your arms extended, to help keep the body in a streamlined position.
The pull buoy is a figure of eight shaped float which is used to focus on your arm strokes. The pull buoy is placed between the thighs or ankles to provide support to the body without using the legs. Using the pull buoy helps to develop upper-body strength, promote good body position and improve arm technique as well as helping to focus on the correct breathing action.
Fins, also known as flippers, can be used by swimmers of all abilities. For beginners, fins are a useful aid to develop the correct leg kick for front crawl and backstroke. Fins are also great for developing core stability and leg strength, as well as improving technique.
Noodles are long cylindrical pieces of flexible foam which are used by swimmers of all ages, they are especially useful in a learn to swim environment, but can also be used during aquatic exercise, such as aqua aerobics. The noodle is very versatile and can be used in a variety of ways, they can be held out in front to use as a float while practicing leg kick, you can place them under the armpits providing a high level of support whilst allowing arm and leg movement, they can also be placed between the legs or under the waist.
Adult Swimming Aids 2: Pull Buoys
The pull buoy is a figure of eight shaped float, which can be placed between the thighs or ankles to provide support to the body without using the legs. This means that you are free to focus on your arm strokes, whilst also developing upper-body strength.Using a pull buoy will help promote good body position, improved arm technique and a chance to focus on the correct breathing action. This video from Speedo will help you get the technique right.
Adult Swimming Aids 3: Fins
Fins, also known as flippers, are used by swimmers of all levels. For beginners, fins are a useful tool to develop the correct leg kick for front and back crawl. Fins are also great for developing core stability and leg strength, as well as improving technique. This video from Speedo will help you get the technique right.
Adult Swimming Aids 4: Noodles
Noodles are long cylindrical pieces of foam which are used by all ages, especially in a learn to swim environment. They can be used in a variety of ways, whether held out in front to use as a float while practicing leg kick, under the armpits as a support when swimming, between the legs or under the waist, or even for different forms of aquatic exercise, such as aqua aerobics. The video below is a good example of how noodles can be used to learn to swim.
The four Adult Learn to Swim Awards
Be Water Confident?? this Award focuses on the basic aquatic skills which are – entries, exits, buoyancy, balance and aquatic breathing. It also covers the ability to move around the pool with confidence.
Be a Swimmer?? this award is earnt when you are confidently able to swim short distances (5 to 10 meters) without the need for support or swimming aids.
Be a Better Swimmer???by this point you?ll be independently swimming up to 400 metres. You?ll also have the confidence to try other pool activities, such as Aquacise or lane swimming.
Be a Master Swimmer?? this Award is more about advanced swimming skills which means you can confidently enter the Masters section of a swimming club, where you can go on to compete.
Adult Learn to Swim Awards Core Skills
These key skills are what you will focus on developing as you work?through the four stages:
- Entries and exits
- Treading water
- Rotation and orientation
- Aquatic breathing
- Travel and coordination
- Water safety
Adult Learn to Swim
Swimming is a great cardiovascular and whole body exercise. It is also a great hobby and leisure time activity. It can help you stay fit and also be a fun activity in the water. Swimming involves controlled breathing and using both of your arms and both of your legs to move through the water.
Most learn how to swim as children, but there are some who still do not know how to swim well into adulthood. There are differently levels of swimming capabilities to master. Swimming lessons are the easiest was to learn how to swim. Sometimes though, lessons are not readily available. In this case, there are ways to teach yourself how to swim, if necessary.
Teaching Yourself to Swim
To teach yourself to swim, make sure you begin by starting at a pool that has a lifeguard on duty or having a friend nearby in case you need help. Start at the shallow end of a pool where you can touch the ground and hold on to an edge of the pool. You will need to master arm strokes and also holding your breath under water before you can move to the deep end where you cannot touch and must use your arms and legs.
To begin learning how to swim, you must first be comfortable in the water. Get comfortable to kick your legs in the water and keep your head above the water while moving your arms. Also try blowing bubbles with the water and keeping the water from going into your nose. Put your face under water for a bit until you feel comfortable doing this while holding your breath.
Before you try to master swimming strokes, teach yourself to float in the water properly. This is important so that if you are ever stuck in the water alone, you can float safely until help can arrive. That way you will not wear yourself out trying to kick with your legs or move your arms too much. To float, you lean back into the water and spread your legs and arms out with your chest and head facing up. If you practice in the shallow end, you can try floating for small amounts of time with taking breaks to let your feet touch the ground.
When you can float, you can then move forward learning swimming strokes. The first to try should be treading water. In this, your body will be upright with your feet of the ground, moving your arms and legs to stay floating upright. Once this is mastered, you can then try learning swimming strokes using floating devices to help you.
Pool water is usually treated with a lot of chemicals, including chlorine which can irate your eyes. To avoid any uncomfortableness while swimming, try using ear plugs, goggles, and a swimming cap. Ear plugs will keep water from plugging and bothering your ears. Goggles will
keep your eyes safe if you open them under water. A swimming cap will protect your hair from any water treatments.