Updated: Mar 24
Swimming is by no means a human activity, the first know swimmers were driven by hunger to search for sea food, and it must of taken millennia before they felt comfortable enough in water to enter it unaided. They were self taught.
When we talk about swimming, we are talking about Floatation or buoyancy of the human body within water.
However Floating is about buoyancy, and buoyancy varies on the basis of body composition and lung inflation as the main factors contributing to this happening.
The other key point to floating, is stay mindfulness to your breathing and being at one with themselves.
Because the legs are less buoyant, they tend to sink, meaning the legs cause us the biggest problem of imbalance, and slippage especially with adults.
When the human body pushes against the water, the water pushes back with as much force as it can, the key point here, is how come a 600,000 ton boat which is 243 feet wide can be designed to float, in the sea, but Adults struggle to believe that floating is possible to achieve for them.
The Answer lies in their Fears or phobias.
All Adults have to Discover How to FLOAT on the water, this is the main principle to Swimming rather than fighting the water...
THE FLOATING CONCEPT EXPLAINED:
When a Swimmer knows how to float, this places them in an ideal position to breathe and also helps the swimmer conserve energy, along with helping them stay calm and in control, they have a working platform to start.
A stable platform to build into SWIMMING TRAVEL and then on to the SWIMMING STOKES.
The later we leave this concept, the more resistance we have from the Adult Mindset. The Adult swimmer concept of buoyancy and floating is that this is a magic trick, that it is rare to achieve, but the reality is, when a swimmer is relaxed and they remain mindful to floating, they can achieve a balanced position with ease.
The mindfulness approach, is here to eliminate the fears and phobias most adult have about the water.
We know how the mind can dictate a lot of negative thoughts and emotions over time.
And often we adults hold onto these fears.
We know that children as little as 2 or 3 years of age, are able to float in water.
Would we let a 3 year old drive us home?
Would we let a 3 year old give us advice?
Would we trust a 3 year old with anything?
Adults my be embarrassed that they have not yet learned how to swim, and may lack some confidence is understanding, often Adults tend to be very analytical and concerned about details i.e. worried about technique of the stroke.
This is opposite with children who want to play and have fun in water, children don’t worry about the technique when having fun, Having Fun has a certain Exploring and Discovery attached to it, but they learn to let go.
The key point here, once children relax into their swimming, they become fearless.
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ADULT LEARNING IS ABOUT HAVING FUN AND EXPLORING HOW TO FLOAT AND BEING AT ONE WITH THE WATER.