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Old 09-12-2003, 06:40 AM   #1
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Default swimming question: how do you float upright in water?

i try kicking my legs and paddling my arms with all my might, yet i slowly descend towards the bottom and must reach for the pool's edge... what am i doing wrong?
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Old 09-12-2003, 06:41 AM   #2
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Default RE: swimming question: how do you float upright in water?

Well, take off those lead-lined flippers and swim trunks, for starters!
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Old 09-12-2003, 06:45 AM   #3
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Default RE:swimming question: how do you float upright in water?

Hmmm... I just realised I too forgot what that is called.

Move your feet as if you were riding a bicycle and open and close your warms slowly.
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Old 09-12-2003, 06:46 AM   #4
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Default RE:swimming question: how do you float upright in water?

how do i balance my torso? should i be leaning forward or backward in a particular way?
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Old 09-12-2003, 06:46 AM   #5
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Default RE: swimming question: how do you float upright in water?

I sink like a ton of bricks too...
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Old 09-12-2003, 06:46 AM   #6
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Hmmm... I just realised I too forgot what that is called.

Move your feet as if you were riding a bicycle and open and close your warms slowly.
Dog paddle?
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Old 09-12-2003, 06:49 AM   #7
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Hmmm... I just realised I too forgot what that is called.

Move your feet as if you were riding a bicycle and open and close your warms slowly.
Dog paddle?
the thing is i want to stay in the same spot:brokenheart:
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Old 09-12-2003, 06:52 AM   #8
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Default RE:swimming question: how do you float upright in water?

You don't paddle with all your might.

You make a figure eight motion with your hands, and open and close your legs like a pair of siscors. The point is to slowly push water and create lift, just like birds do with their wings. But since air is less dense than water, they have to flap a lot harder than you do.
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Old 09-12-2003, 06:54 AM   #9
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Well, take off those lead-lined flippers and swim trunks, for starters!
Yup...being naked in the local pool should help things
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Old 09-12-2003, 06:55 AM   #10
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You don't paddle with all your might.

You make a figure eight motion with your hands, and open and close your legs like a pair of siscors. The point is to slowly push water and create lift, just like birds do with their wings. But since air is less dense than water, they have to flap a lot harder than you do.
so with my arms i just do circular motions with each of em ?



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Old 09-12-2003, 06:58 AM   #11
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Default RE:swimming question: how do you float upright in water?

its not really your arms, its your hands that do the work.

You have to like cup them sort of and learn to tread water.

It's basically learning how to keep yourself afloat without having to swim.
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Old 09-12-2003, 07:44 AM   #12
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Default RE:swimming question: how do you float upright in water?

I find it odd yet somewhat amusing that knowing how to float in water isn't just instinct to some people..
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Old 09-12-2003, 07:47 AM   #13
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I find it odd yet somewhat amusing that knowing how to float in water isn't just instinct to some people..
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Old 09-12-2003, 07:47 AM   #14
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eat some big macs. Having a little body fat will help you float.
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Old 09-12-2003, 07:48 AM   #15
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Old 09-12-2003, 08:12 AM   #16
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Default RE: swimming question: how do you float upright in water?

Basically you need to learn how to Tread water

1) You have to learn egg beater - which is basically your legs going in a circlular motion, in opposite directions. hence like an eggbeater
2) second lay your hands flat on top of the water and either push down or move them in a circular motion as well. So that you're pushing the water to the sides.

You can also do whip kick (which is the kick from Breaststroke) if you know how to do that.
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Old 09-12-2003, 08:21 AM   #17
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Default RE:swimming question: how do you float upright in water?

You are too dense to float. (negative buoyancy)

Try it in saltier water.
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Old 09-12-2003, 11:33 AM   #18
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Default RE:swimming question: how do you float upright in water?

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I find it odd yet somewhat amusing that knowing how to float in water isn't just instinct to some people..
i find it even more odd that someone would ask on a forum how to do it, instead of ask someone at the local pool
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Old 09-12-2003, 11:37 AM   #19
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Default RE:swimming question: how do you float upright in water?

most people make circles with their legs bent at the knees and then use their hands to stablize themselves in the water.
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Old 09-12-2003, 11:38 AM   #20
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Default RE:swimming question: how do you float upright in water?

youre panicking. i started off with a doggy paddle style and then it slowly became...er...more fluid and less awkward looking. the only way to learn really is to spend lots of time in the water...then treading will be second nature
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Old 09-12-2003, 12:04 PM   #21
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Default RE:swimming question: how do you float upright in water?

Here are some tips...

Try to keep your lungs filled with air. Don't hold your breath, but don't exhale all the air in your lungs while flailing your arms and legs. You'll be amazed at how bouyant you'll become with a good volume of air in your lungs.

To tread water:
1) Move hands/lower arms in a horizontal, circular motion. Hands should move in opposite directions.
2) Egg beater kick: Largely accomplished by the lower portion of your leg (below knee). You will simply move your lower leg in a medium-sized circle, with a good bend (nearly 90 degrees) in your knees. Your lower legs will point towards the bottom of the pool and move opposite directions (as with the hands).

NOTE: Move the right arm and right lower-leg in the same direction - say counter-clockwise. Move the left arm/leg in a clockwise direction. The motions of your legs will be off by 270 degrees of rotation (as will the hands be offset from one another by 270 degrees). Your hands will move at about double the rate of your legs.

You can practice the motions necessary to tread water while sitting in a chair. First, focus on the legs. Sit upright in a chair, knees bent at 90 degrees. Pick your feet slightly off the ground and practice the egg beater kick. When proficient, add in the hands/arms movements. Tada!! You can now tread air/water.

EXPERT TIP...If you ever fall from a good height into water and you cannot tell its depth, begin treading water powerfully the instant you hit the surface of the water. This will DRASTICALLY reduce your momentum.
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