The fundamentals of Swimming

The first step is really the establishing one and you need to educate yourself on the benefits of swimming and why you need to learn how to swim. You already know about the health benefits of swimming, and how it burns just as much calories as running with less stress, it is a relaxing environment that can help to ease the mind and it can build a healthy heart and a lean body if done regularly. But the most important thing here is that you need to know the health benefits of swimming and how it can prolong your life.

Even the aged should think about swimming as an excellent way to promote good health. The next step you need to do is to look at your timetable and see for yourself how much of your time you can devote to swimming. You need to at least set aside 2 – 3 days a week where you attend initial lessons, and after you have mastered the art of swimming, then would you be able to cut down on the classes – but at least maintain a once a week schedule to keep on learning advanced techniques.

The next thing you need to do is to find a swimming class near your area and distance is really important. You also need to find a class that suits you personally, some might prefer a large class or some might prefer private swimming lessons. This is all down to your own personal preference and how much you are willing to spend. You also need to look into things like whether or not it is a co-ed swimming class or if it is a single sex swimming class. It really depends on you and you need to be able to be comfortable where you are.

The fourth step you need to take is it make sure that you can click with the instructor and you can communicate with them. You are placing in some way, your life and your future in their hands and if you are at logger heads with the instructor, how can you best learn. You need to be able to connect with the instructor at a level where both of you can understand each other and that you can absorb the lessons at a good rate.

The last and perhaps the most important thing you need to do is to find someone you can go with one these swimming lessons. A little does of encouragement and healthy competition are just the sort of elements you need to accelerate your swimming lessons. In the end of the day, you need to look forward to these classes and the only way that that can happen is you have a friend that can go along with you. These are some of the things that need to be accomplished when thinking about the sort of ways you can learn to swim the fast and effective way. Once you have all these checked on your list, then your journey to learning how to swim will be all the much better.

The 7 Basics of Learning How to Swim

Getting in

To start the swim lesson you want to let the student get used to the water first. The best way to do this is to sit on either the edge of the pool that is level with the water or a ledge that is slightly submerged in the water and kick with straight legs.

Blowing bubbles

Next, the student must slide into the water and keep hold of the wall. While in this position, teach him how to blow bubbles from his mouth first, then progress to the nose. Never teach holding ones breath. Once the student is proficient at blowing bubbles have them extend their arms and reach their feet to the floor so that the head is completely submerged.

The following techniques will progressively get harder by lessening how much you help the student.

Rocket ship

The first technique is rocket ship and is also known as streamline. The student sits on the edge with their feet against the wall. Her arms must be raised above her head and covering her ears with one hand on top of the other. Hold the student’s hands and belly and help her push off the wall. Your hand on her belly supports the student and your hand holding her hands keeps the proper form. The student must be blowing bubbles, unless she needs to breath, and kicking the entire time.

Big arms

The second technique is to teach the student how to move his arms in a freestyle fashion while blowing bubbles and kicking. When the student has no knowledge of how to swim hold him around the waist with one arm and move his arm with your other hand. Verbally instruct him to blow bubbles and kick. As the student gets better hold his waist and push him to the wall slowly increasing the distance.

Back float

The student must slide in, hold the wall, and put his feet on the wall as if he were squatting. Next, the student should lean back so that his head is in the water. Once your hand is behind his head and on his lower back have him push off and kick. Once the student can float on his own show and help him how to do backstroke arms.

Side glide

Once again the student must slide in the water, but this time one hand holds the wall while the other is pointing in the opposite direction and her feet on the wall. Have her lay her head on her outstretched arm looking up at the ceiling, push off the wall, and flutter kick. This technique in conjunction with big arms creates the freestyle stroke. To get to this position while doing big arms the student must roll her entire body and head to face the ceiling. To roll back to big arms have the student push her own face into the water with the arm that is by her side and continue doing big arms.


The last activity is jumping because most students, which are normally young children, love to jump into the water. Start by having the him jump from the side of the pool, then progress to a diving board; always feet first and straight out from the wall. For those students that cannot swim yet, stand in the water to the side of him and hold your hand in the water in front of them. Once he is in the water turn him around and swim back to the wall. This activity simulates falling into the water and teaches students to not panic and swim calmly back to the wall.

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