Top 10 Swimming And Water Safety Tips
If you are one of those people who are always looking to improve your swimming technique, then look no further! Because outlined below are 10 rewarding tips that will enhance your swimming ability greatly. Firstly, let’s get out the house and into that swimming pool!
Tip1: Jumping straight into the pool and swimming straight away is not the best way for your body. If you think about it, you are exerting some of your key body muscles such as your shoulders, lower back, chest, arms and legs. Therefore you must fully stretch and warm up before swimming to avoid causing injury.
Tip 2: If you are constantly swimming loads and loads of lengths at a consistent pace, and wondering why you aren’t getting fitter or improving? The reason for this is this is not the way to improve! It may seem odd, but swimming fewer lengths at a higher tempo and having more rests in between provides much more impact on your fitness levels and swimming technique.
Tip 3: Are you like many other swimmers kicking from the knees when swimming front crawl or backstroke? If this is the case, you are not swimming to your full potential. The key to a good front crawl or backstroke is to kick from the hips whith you rknees hardly flexed and your toes pointed! This way you will get maximum thrust from your legs.
Tip 4: Do not dive into water when you are unaware of the depth. If you are uncertain of the depth of the water, either carefully get in the water or jump in feet first. If there are any “no diving” signs around, you must obey these signs, as these indicate areas that are unsafe for head first entries.
Tip 5: Use breathing to help you relax and bring rhythm and balance to your stroke.
Tip 6: Swimming in natural resources poses a lot more dangers than swimming pools. This is why you need to be extra careful when you are swimming in the sea, a lake or a river, as they all have currents where as swimming pools don’t! You will be fine as long as you are constantly aware of the dangerous “too’s” – too tired, too much sun, to far from safety and too cold are 4 factors that you should keep in you mind at all times!
Tip 7: The key to a good backstroke is a still head. You want your head to be so still, so that you could balance a hot cup of tea on there.
Tip 8: Make Sure that you cool down. The cool down process helps keep the blood flowing to the muscles and allows your body to work its way down from a state of high exertion to an eventual resting condition. This cool down process will help your muscles too recover for the next time you swim.
Tip 9: It is a fact that water is 80 times denser than air. Not surprising I know, however, this means that you don’t necessarily need to be stronger in the water to improve your swimming technique and ability. Ensuring that your body is streamlined as you pass through the water will show higher improvements.
Tip 10: You must be aware of others around you when you are swimming. Especially in public swimming areas. All swimmers come in different shapes, sizes, speeds and ages, you must remember to be aware of these people at all times, not just for their safety but for your own safety as well.