Free Basic Swimming Techniques

by Ruth Johnson

We find that every other apartment, a club has a swimming pool as the basic amenity these days. Every hotel, be it a 3 star or 7 stars has wide pools to accommodate the guests and a specifically designed children pool, for the tiny tots. The love and passion for swimming have been on a constant rise these days.

Swimming is a great activity and a new lesson requiring certain skills to master. It’s considered as an exercise when done with consistency to reduce weight and to shape the arms and thighs. So, do you also aspire to learn swimming? Do you like to make swimming as part of your daily activity, to reap the benefits of it? Well, you may anytime join for classes, to master the art.

But, you are too busy, and don’t find much time in the day to attend classes? Okay, so that’s the reason you are here on this page! We are giving you free classes here, to learn the basics of swimming, after which the adage suits better, ‘Practice makes one perfect’. So, the next time you find the time, go in and land in the pool confidently, without any fear.

Read the basics skills of swimming


Swimmers are swimming "freestyle" pool at night.

Breathing is very important to keep up with your timeouts in swimming, that’s for a professional swimmer. But, that doesn’t mean that you being a beginner shouldn’t learn about breathing techniques. It’s very important to make you stay alive, to keep your energy intact.

  • The basic technique is, you take a deep breath before you plunge into the water to start swimming. Hold the breath for 10 seconds, initially. Then come up and breathe, just seconds and dive in again.
  • Once you get a hold on this, you can increase the length of holding the breath and then just lift your head to the side take the breath and then move inside. After you master this one, you can breathe inside the water, through your nose and mouth.
  • Beginners must practice this, for the first 2 days for close to 15 mins, taking on the side of the pool, standing with arms stretched.

Gliding and Floating:

Fit swimmer doing the front stroke in the swimming pool at the leisure center

Don’t assume that, once you learn to breathe you can start shaking your hands and legs and swim across. No, this is a wrong notion. You must first learn to glide across your body or stay floating in the water. It isn’t easy as you think, and really not difficult to get scared of either!

With the body weights of each of us, one must float in water first to learn swimming. For this, you must practice first as head down.

  • Hold the sides of the pool, arms stretched, now pull your legs on the top of the water. You must literally float. It takes time, but you must! Your heels should be up in the water, feeling the air. Only then you are actually floating and can learn swimming.
  • Once you practice this, you may start to glide around the pool. Take the help of the wall of the pool, with one leg folded and arms stretched after a deep breath, push yourself front against the water and glide till you can.


Fit woman swimming in the pool at the leisure center

The best swimmer has the best coordination between his arms and legs, body and brain. You can’t just shake your legs and come front. For the first time, you may look like chopping the water with your limbs, but over time you must practice it as good as possible.

Your legs must be streamlined well. Make use of the lower body, hips to help you get that right movement of your legs. The coordination of legs and hands definitely takes time, but keep practicing at it, you will learn.


Fit swimmer training by himself in the swimming pool at the leisure centre

Diving in a pool is a basic technique everyone loves to try. But, be sure to try in a deeper pool, else you will end up hurting yourself.

  • For the beginners, diving is just, jumping into the pool, with hands extended back and legs curled upwards slightly, with a force pushing you in.
  • Once you master the basics, you may start uncurling your legs, keeping them straight and dive. Be sure to do this with lifeguard security around you.

Hope these skills will make you a good basic swimmer at the pool.

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