- Apr 13, 2014
it's not that hard. I dived into the deep end when i was 4 and just dog paddled my first time. dog paddle and kick your feet. how hard is that?
Not everyone can do that though. I can't float on my back at all and it was actually what made the 10 minute tread the toughest part of my entire open water certification. I am just a sinker.Everyone should be taught to roll over on the back, relax and float. The hardest part is learning to relaxi when you're afraid of drowning. Relax don't drown.
Not necessarily. I was never given proper lessons and I absolutely love the water. Now I've never really had the knack for "proper" swim styles like true freestyle (which isn't actually "free" it's a strict style lol), never got into competitive swimming, but I can hang, and can use multiple methods to keep afloat. When it comes to swimming, good form is a bonus -- having the basics enough that you can splash around, have fun, and not drown... that's what matters most. This is knowledge that nobody should go without - drowning is too damn easy to avoid and while most won't find themselves in a live or die situation having fallen into water somehow, you sure want to know how to at least tread water if that happens.A lot of communities don’t have access to proper swimming teaching. Its more than jump in hold your breath and dog paddle
Did your parents not know how to swim?I'll admit. I live near the shore (NJ) and I can't swim. I just wasn't an outdoor person. I worked 2 jobs in the summer, or I worked 12 hour days working for my parents.
I'll learn though. That's my goal this year.
When you say you can't float on your back are you thinking of a strict motionless style of floating, or more leaning back but still kicking and moving arms to keep head above the surface? (aka actually treading water and not strictly floating)Not everyone can do that though. I can't float on my back at all and it was actually what made the 10 minute tread the toughest part of my entire open water certification. I am just a sinker.
On the positive side though, because of that, I really don't need much weight at all, even with a wetsuit on. With my new setup, I actually don't need any weight at all, which is really nice.
I am also not the greatest swimmer by any means but I know how to swim. But, I will snorkel for hours and hours on end, and I was in a pool yesterday underwater for about 90 minutes straight doing SCUBA stuff.
I'm talking about floating without moving on your back.When you say you can't float on your back are you thinking of a strict motionless style of floating, or more leaning back but still kicking and moving arms to keep head above the surface? (aka actually treading water and not strictly floating)
I can't float for shit, but I find leaning back and just lazily kicking and moving arms with wide open palms to be incredibly easy. In fact once on a cruise when I was growing up, on a shore excursion we had a party boat that dropped anchor far out in a bay and they were taking shuttle boats to shore. Well... cocky me (and sis) and a few other folk said screw it, we jumped overboard and made for shore. That.. was a lot further than I had judged. A few hopped onto the shuttles halfway there. I was beat at the end lol. But after my sloppy freestyle stroke stopped working so well, I just flipped over to a supine position and got real lazy with a treading water type movement (but pushing toward shore).