How to Swim: The Swimming Glide Technique
Learning how to forward glide can be an intimidating process for brand new swimmers: think about it, we need to be comfortable doing the following smaller processes PRIOR to successfully beginning a Front Float Gliding:
1. Getting into the water
2. Being comfortable putting our face in the water
3. Holding our breath [one of the hardest steps in the learn to swim journey]
4. Foregoing our "safe guard" with standing and pushing off the bottom of the pool
5. Front Floating
IF you are having difficulty with any of the previous 5 steps, I ask that you put a place holder in THIS process and return to it once you are completely comfortable with EACH of the previous steps.
With that said, let's CRUSH the front float glide process together, shall we!?!
The Swimming Glide Technique
Here is a sneak peek from Progression 4 of SwimAble Adult
Extend your arms in front of you [separated about shoulder width apart]
Dip down in the water so that the surface of the water falls right at chin level [See image in Step 3]
Take a big ole breath [please take this breath from your mouth]
Gently [Seriously... be gentle here folks] push off the bottom of the pool [while leaning forward].
*** We want to avoid "jumping" off the bottom of the pool and bringing our body out of the water [above the surface; think about the way a whale comes out of the water] because this increases our likelihood of creating an unfortunate event [goggles coming off, water getting in our nose, etc]
Maintain your momentum forward until you start to slow, then tuck your knees and stand up!
Congratulations, you are now a front float glider! Lets gooooooo!!
If you are interested in continuing your learn to swim journey, please look around our other blog entries or check out this video on our epic YouTube Channel:
Until I see you again!
SAFER Swimming! ✌️
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