How to teach yourself to float

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Before you can float you have to master breath holding for at least 15-20 seconds and stay relaxed.  A hot dog floats in water without lungs. Archimedes’ Physics Principle states that you are buoyed up by a force equal to the weight of the water you displace.  If you expand your lungs more fully you displace more […]

Learn to swim at home without a pool

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No pool, no money, no problem.  You can start teaching yourself and your kids to swim at home without a pool.  As easy as you would learn backyard sports skills, I show you how to use your kitchen sink, dressing mirror, mattress, and a bath tub. You can learn and get familiar with all the […]

Why 2-18 months is the best age to teach your child to swim

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I started teaching my triplet boys in the bath tub pouring rinse water over their heads, breath holding, blowing big bubbles, kicking, and one arm stroking.  Then I did the same home skills in the shallow end of the pool. By the time they were 14 months old they were like turtles in the deep […]

Why your head controls your body position

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Newton’s Third Law of Motion states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.  If your adult head weighs 14-16 lbs. and is totally out of water to breathe incorrectly, then that same amount of force or weight must be driven downward to your feet and legs. Spatial awareness plays a key […]

How to build swimming endurance and stamina

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If you have an inefficient stroke you will tire more easily.  There are several factors building your endurance: Improve your body position and streamlining Increase your surface area for propulsion Decrease your surface area for resistance Improve your floating skills to relax your recovery muscles To swim farther and faster with less energy expenditure (stamina), […]

Why lap swimming is good for your health and fitness

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Water has more resistance than air and also removes the effects of gravity.  Running and biking are great cardiovascular activities, but your joints also take a pounding over time.  Swimming you can do into your 80’s and 90’s. What makes you healthy and fit is getting oxygen to your tissues and working muscles.  Your heart […]