I would like to know which swimming techniques one could use to swim with head above the water.
I am learning to swim, but all the techniques involve head underwater positions and coming up to breathe. I am on lesson four of eight lessons.
I can do freestyle and struggle with a doggie paddle. I want to swim because I am now in a country where there are hotels and pools everywhere, and the most common social situation is to be at a pool. It isn't very comfortable when I am with friends because I cannot swim.
Also, I want to be in the water like they are without sinking... I cannot be with my head underwater all the time when I am with them!!!
Of course, I want to swim for myself, not them. I tried to learn in my twenties, but I was not consistent. Now I am 31 and want to get it right once and for all.
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I have met many people like you over the years, and your desire is not uncommon. When beginners learn to swim, particularly adults, it can be very black and white when it comes to putting their face in the water or submerging. Either they are comfortable doing it, or they are not!
The fact that you are having swimming lessons tells me that you have tried it and that you can do freestyle tells me that you have been successful at it.
However you have chosen that swimming with your face submerged is not for you.
The swimming stroke you need to learn is breaststroke. Although nearly all breaststroke swimming guides (including mine) will teach you to swim the stroke with your face submerged between breaths, it does not mean you have to swim it this way.
Once you have mastered the leg kick, arm action, timing, and coordination, you can easily swim with your head above the water.
A powerful leg kick action and a relaxed glide will let you swim relatively long distances without putting your face or head into the water.
Relaxing into the technique takes time and practice, but from what you have stated in your question, it sounds like you are halfway there already.
My best-selling book 'How To Swim Breaststroke' contains over 20 separate swimming exercises to help all parts of breaststroke, including the leg kick and the timing and coordination.
It's difficult for me to take a breath. How can I swim with my head always over water?
The easiest way to swim with your head out of the water is to swim Breaststroke.
The body position for breaststroke allows your legs to be deep in the water and your head, mouth and nose out of the water, and the stroke to still be effective. You will need a strong leg kick to keep you up and moving. A long stretch forward with your arms after each pull will also help.
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