Posts Tagged ‘buoyancy’

That Sinking Feeling

19/10/2009

I feel like I’m Sinking!

Its a complaint I hear often and not a pleasant experience, especially if you are a long way from shore surrounded by 792 flailing arms and legs…

The truth is: Your body is lying to you!

Try this experiment at the pool:

Mushroom Float

  1.  Find a patch of water where you won’t get in anyone’s way. Go as deep as you feel confident.
  2. Take some deep, slow breaths then fill your lungs to 100%.
  3. Tuck up into a ball, hug your knees in close and bring your forehead toward your knees.
  4. Bubble out air as slowly as you can. Lungs at 90%, 80%, 70%, … etc as long as you can until you need more air.
  5. Try it a few times and notice what happens for you.

Chances are you could actually float quite easily. Did you feel calm throughout? You probably started to sink as your lungs emptied. How full were they when you started to travel down to the bottom of the pool?

Being comfortable in the water is an essential foundation for good swimming. Would you like to learn how to use your natural buoyancy to swim more easily?

Total Immersion runs swimming courses throughout Australia. Would you like to move beyond ‘that sinking feeling‘ to swim with confidence and grace?