Teach Yourself to Swim Series #3 of 14 - Floating relaxedby 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.
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