Learning to float can be a hard skill for many children and adults to master; however, once developed floating is an important step in self-rescue. Here are the benefits that being able to float offers swimmers!
Why is Being Able to Float Important?
Many pool accidents are caused when children and adults unintentionally fall into the water and begin to panic in this different environment.
Floating equips kids with the ability to roll to their back and stay at the water’s surface, which places them in an ideal position to breathe.
Floating also helps the swimmer to conserve energy, which reduces the chances of drowning from physical fatigue.
Being able to float also promotes proper breathing techniques, which work to keep kids calm in the water and reduces fatigue. Being able to swim also promotes proper breathing techniques, which work to keep kids calm in the water.
Good Starting Point for Other Swimming Techniques
Not only does floating provide kids with a simple, low-energy way of being able to breathe in the water, it also transitions into other swimming techniques. Mastering how to float on your back opens the door for swimmers to learn other techniques, such as rolling to their stomachs and learning to kick.
Learning how to swim on their stomach, while kicking, helps kids to develop comfort with swimming while their face is in the water. In this stage, kids will learn the importance of maintaining a body position parallel to the water and learn the proper kicking technique to propel their bodies forward through the water. Kids also have the opportunity to practice reaching and holding techniques, so they will be able to successfully hold on to the side of the pool.
Check out this excellent video from Christian Wedoy to learn how to float in 5 easy steps.