Learning To Put Face in the Water
Hi, I need to some help with learning to put face in the water. I have just started swim lessons and still can't put my face under the water. All the rest of them can do it. What help can you give me?
Learning how to put your face in the water can sometimes be a scary thing when learning how to swim. The best thing to do, if it is something that you find a challenge, is to approach it in stages.
We are human beings and we cannot breathe in water (obviously!) therefore the natural response of your body when learning to submerge, is to raise your heart rate, increase levels of anxiety and generally say 'no, don't do this'..!
First stage is to get used to your mouth and face getting wet. In water of about chest or shoulder depth, feet on the floor and hold the poolside if you want, place your chin on the water and blow bubbles. Sounds like a kids thing to do, but believe me, if you can do it then the next stages will be easier.
Next, take a deep breath and place your mouth and nose in the water. With your eyes still out of the water, hold your breath and your mouth and nose in the water for as long as you are comfortable with. 5 seconds is plenty. Do this a few times until you are relaxed doing it, you can do it for longer
and it becomes second nature.
Next stage is to submerge your whole face and it is best to do this with goggles on. Get yourself a pair of comfortable fitting swim goggles and repeat the above exercise but submerge slightly further. Go as far as you feel comfortable until you can fully submerge your face and remain relaxed.
Wearing goggles allows you to keep your eyes open so that you can literally see what you are doing. Putting your face in the water with your eyes closed only makes it harder for your natural instincts to cope with.
Once you get used to submerging this way, whilst standing on the pool floor or holding the pool side, then you can start to work it into your swimming, but only when you are ready.
You are obviously determined to conquer this, or you wouldn't have contacted me in the first place! Patience and perseverance and do not worry what the others in your swimming lessons can do. It is all about you and you will learn at your own pace.
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