How to Learn Swimming by Yourself

Swimming on your own may seem terrifying, but it is possible. While it is best to learn how to swim from a professional, you can learn to swim by yourself. There are certain methods you can follow to pick up the basics on your own.

While it isn’t easy to learn how to swim by yourself, you can do it as long as you devote enough time to it. You should go swimming at least three or four times a week for half an hour to an hour.

As for what you should practice, we’ve put a few things together to answer that question. Read on to learn what to do in order to learn swimming by yourself!

Practice Your Breathing

Being able to control your breathing underwater is very important. You shouldn’t just take a breath and hold it for as long as you can. There’s a technique even to breathing.

When you’re swimming, you will take a breath as your head comes out of the water and you’ll breathe out as your head points down. It’s quite important to learn how to breathe because you will need this skill in order to practice everything else.

Try first to hold your breath for a few seconds and then slowly breathe out while remaining underwater. As you practice, you can increase the length of time that you stay underwater, making sure to breathe out at a slower pace as well.

If you want, you can also try to practice opening your eyes, though we recommend using goggles anyway.

Use Swimming Equipment

Goggles and snorkels are your friends. You should utilize these tools when you first start learning how to swim. While they may seem like an unnecessary crutch to some, they are actually perfect for dividing up your self-taught lesson.

You won’t need to worry about breathing or not being able to see, which allows you to focus on the movement of your body. Body movement is just as important as anything else. Since you will be able to focus on one thing at a time, you’ll find it much easier to get the hang of it all.

Start with Floating

Before you swim using strokes, you should teach yourself to float. All you need to do is push up with your legs until your whole body is level with the water’s surface. Once level, put your head back so that your ears are under the water, but your face is above it. Your arms and legs should be spread out in a starfish shape directly on the surface of the water.

Master Freestyle

Freestyle is the easiest stroke to master. However, being the easiest doesn’t make it easy. When you use the freestyle stroke, you need to take the following into account:

· The movement of your arms and legs

· The movements of your body

· The pull-back effect of your hands

· Breathing in and out

If you focus on each factor one at a time, you’ll find it much easier to master the freestyle stroke.

Stay in the Shallow End

Under no circumstances should you go to the deep end of the pool when you’re teaching yourself how to swim. Swimming instructors won’t even bring you there until they know you can swim well enough on your own.

For your own safety and the safety of those around you, stay in the shallow end of the pool until you have mastered both floating and freestyle. It is only when you can perform these two things flawlessly that you should consider trying to swim in the deep end of the pool.