Is swimming scary for you? Don’t know how to float? The incapability to swim has always been one of the biggest insecurities and embarrassments for a lot of people. Maybe you are still anxious by the swimming lessons you had as a kid, where the instructor killed all the fun you could have because learning how to swim had to be boring and hard? Or did you take swimming lessons as an adult, but in the end you found out that you could barely swim any better after weeks, months or even years of instruction? 

Learning how to swim should be an enjoyable experience, it doesn’t have to be like that! In this article, we want you to understand and learn that practising progressive swimming exercises with the proper mindset, you can instantly learn each swimming stroke, slowly but surely and fun too! 

Properly Propel Yourself Forward 

Want to know the technique? In order for you to propel yourself forward, do it with the least effort. Focus on shoulder roll and keeping your body horizontal (slightest resistance), not pulling with your arms or kicking with your legs. This is counter-intuitive but important, as kicking harder is the most common suggestion for fixing swimming issues. 

Conserve Plenty of Energy 

For you to conserve so much energy, you must keep yourself horizontal by maintaining your head in line with your spine, and you should be looking straight down. You may want to use the same head position as while walking and propel your arm underwater versus swimming on the surface. Use your legs, and only utilize a small flick serves only to help him turn his hips and drive his next arm forward.

Alternating Sides For Swimming Freestyle 

When it comes to swimming freestyle, thinks of it as swimming on alternating sides, not on your stomach.  This is an advantage for those who have rock climbed or done bouldering, it’s easy just as moving your hips closer to a wall to get more extension. To do a trial on this, you may stand a chest to a wall and reach as high as you can with your right arm. After that, try to revolve your right hip so it’s touching the wall and reach again with: you’ll gain 3-6″. Elongate your vessel and your travel further per stroke. It adds up fast. 

Penetrate the Water With Your Finger 

Slip the water into your fingers angled down and fully extend your arm well underneath your head. Expand it lower and further than you think you should. Doing this will make a downward water pressure on the arm which will bring your legs up and lessen drag. This will completely feel like you’re swimming downhill. 

More Stroke Length Than Stroke Rate

Try to focus more on increasing your stroke length by gliding further on each downstroke and decrease the number of strokes per lap. 

Focus on “Practice” and Forget About Workouts 

You’re not in the gym and definitely you’re not training your aerobic system. You are training your nervous system to perform counter-intuitive movements well here. If you think you’re exhausted, you’re not using the proper technique. Rest and review rather than carry on with the pain and grow bad habits. 

Turn to Your Back to Breathe 

Constantly feeling out of breath? Try to stretch your extended arm and turn your body, and not only your head to breathe. Several triathletes will even turn almost to their back and face skyward to prevent short gasps and oxygen shortage. 

Gears and Additional Swimming Resources 

When it comes to swimming, there are basics that everyone needs such as a swimsuit, swim cap, or swim goggles. There are pieces of equipment that you will need as a beginner and then don’t need anymore when you are more experienced like swim fins, swim paddles, pull buoys, kickboards, and swim snorkels. 

For beginners here are the following types of equipment you can use: 

  • Swim Caps- Swim caps can come in numerous colours, sizes, shapes, and materials. 
  1. Silicone Swim Cap 
  2. Latex Swim Cap 
  3. Lycra Swim Cap 
  4. Long Hair Swim Cap 
  • Swimming Googles- A beginner might want to use some goggles to protect the area surrounding the eye from particulates, chlorine, or other forms of chemicals from striking the eye. 
  • Nose Plugs- This little piece of bent wire padded with rubber that you can stick on your nose can squeeze the nose so that the nostrils are remained shut and water is kept out. 

Ivandrea Ollero is a daytime writer for Team Elite, a well-known distributor and retailer who operates in the sports merchandise business since 1991 catering to state and private schools around the country, and several institutes. She is also a content crafter who researches and writes custom content about travel, fashion, finance, business, home improvements, health, and beauty in order to provide helpful information and tips for her readers. Ivandrea graduated from St. Scholastica’s College, Manila, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2016.