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Teach Yourself to Swim Series #3 of 14 - Floating relaxed
by Dr. Pete Andersen

        Most people think of only one kind of floating in the face down position.  Actually there are seven kinds of floating positions and another five kinds of skills to improve your floating ability.  What may not seem obvious to you but you should learn to improve your overall swimming skills are:  Face float, Turtle float, Survival float, Sea otter float, Salt Lake float, Back float, and Pencil float. With emphasis on floating in a variety of positions using additional skills you improve your awareness and confidence to keep air in your lungs to breathe off the top 10% and let the water buoy you up.  This is far more effcient than you trying to push down or scull your hands and kick your feet to stay afloat. Remember, the key is to fill your lungs up and relax your muscles.  A hot dog floats and it doesn't have lungs!  You will learn the physics principle of Archimedes that states you are buoyed up by a force equal to the weight of the water you displace.  One cubic foot of water weighs 62.5 lbs. so in order to float with expanded lungs you'll need to displace two cubic feet of water if you weight 125 lbs.  It's more likely you displace 2.5-3.0 cubic feet of water.

1 Change your mindset to think positive
1 Ch 1 Change your mindset to think positive
2 Need for water safety
2 Ch 2 Need for water safety
3 Personal benefits
3 Ch 3 Personal benefits
4 Final thoughts
4 Ch 4 Final thoughts
5 Six new teaching methods get faster results
5 Ch 5 Six new teaching methods get faster results
6 Bath tub progression
6 Ch 6 Bath tub progression
7 Pool safety
7 Ch 7 Pool safety
8 Mind control of body parts at the wall
8 Ch 8 Mind control of body parts at the wall
9 Spatial awareness - required skills
9 Ch 9 Spatial awareness - required skills
10 Transfer home steps to water
10 Ch 10 Transfer home steps to water
11 Transfer dressing mirror steps to shallow end
11 Ch 11 Transfer dressing mirror steps to shallow end
12 Floating principles
12 Ch 12 Floating principles
13 Neutral position face float
13 Ch 13 Neutral position face float
14 Float in extended arm wall brace
14 Ch 14 Float in extended arm wall brace
15 No breathing floating progression
15 Ch 15 No breathing floating progression
16 Water safety resting skills
16 Ch 16 Water Safety Resting Skills
Ch 17 Shallow to deep water progression
17 Ch 17 Shallow to deep water progression
Ch 18 Resting skills in deep water
18 Ch 18 Resting skills in deep water
Ch 19 Deep water skills
19 Ch 19 Deep water skills

DrPeteAndersen Dr. Pete Andersen World's Best Swimming Instructor

Ph.D. in psychology of learning principles 5-time NCAA Division I All-American at Indiana University Masters Swimming World and National Record Holder 21-time Senior Olympic Summer Games Championships Gold Medalist Coach of All-American Collegiate Women and High School Boys 55+ years of Experience teaching 1000's to swim and 100's of instructors B.S. and M.S. teaching degrees in Health and Physical Education Director of Aquatics for large municipal, club, and university programs Author of Teach Yourself to Swim Like a Pro in One Minute Steps Producer of Teach Yourself to Swim complete curriculum 4 DVD video set 7 hours and 24 minutes of viewing time

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