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Essential Swimming Tips for Beginners

Consider these most important swimming tips for beginners before you start learning any swimming technique.

These essential water skills will provide you with a solid base with which to conquer fear and build confidence, all before you start to learn a swimming stroke.

As a beginner to swimming, it's easy to rush into learning how to kick, how to pull and then remembering at some point you need to breathe. 

Before you rush in...

Take a step back and consider these 5 confidence building skills that will help build a solid foundation from which you can easily develop your swimming strokes.

1. Discover your level of buoyancy

Understanding how buoyant you are will help determine if you are a floater or a natural sinker.  It's all down to your relative density and you will discover just how your body behaves in the water by following the steps outlined here.  Things like gliding, breath holding and submerging, will help you to work out how well you float.  To learn more about how to float, click here. 

2. Learn how to relax

Easier said than done I hear you say.  Not at all.  It just takes time.  A combination of floating, gliding and breathing at a comfortable time will lead to you being at one with the water.  The result: total relaxation.  For more in-depth information on how to relax, click here. 

3. Learn how to glide

Gliding is the missing link between floating and relaxing.  If you can glide through the water from a push from the poolside, then you are halfway to mastering one of the most important parts of swimming - streamlining.  A streamlined body position is an essential component to any of the four basic swimming strokes.  Find out more about gliding by clicking here. 

4. Stopping and standing mid swim

An often forgotten skill when learning how to swim, stopping and regaining an upright standing position from a front (prone) or back (supine) swimming position is vital.  Click here to discover a simple explanation along with some clear diagrams.   

5. Learn how to submerge

Although this is at number 5, it is arguably the most important of all swimming tips for beginners.  If you can learn how to hold your breath and let yourself sink down underwater (within your depth of course), you will not only discover a whole new world of peace and quiet down there, but the more you do it, the more you will begin to relax.  Going underwater is explained right here, so click and discover. 

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