Learning how to swim with confidence by yourself

by Mihai Pinzariu on September 24, 2019

Like with any other skill you want to learn, you have to be really interested in what you’re doing in order to get a good grasp of the techniques. If you’re not that into it, then learning the new skills required will just be a difficult and tiresome chore. In this Ninja Shark article, we’ll teach you the steps to learn how to swim freestyle, the most basic swimming stroke and the easiest one to start with. So let’s get into it!

There are four basic steps that you should master so that you can get a good handle on freestyle. While it might look difficult when you see professional swimmers jet themselves down the pool, the truth is that it’s not as hard as it looks! All you need is a bit of patience and… we won’t lie about this part… lots of practice. They do say practice makes perfect, so don’t think you can skip the practice part and just get to perfect that easily!

Step 1: Learning how to float

Every swimmer needs to learn how to stay afloat, otherwise you’ll sink right to the bottom of the ocean! And that’s not swimming at all, is it? Here’s how to learn floating:

  1. Start in the shallow end of a swimming pool,
  2. Hold onto the rod that’s fixed to the wall, take a deep inhalation through your mouth, and keep holding your breath as you lean forward and let your body rest against the surface of the water. You want to make sure that your face is half submerged in the water so that you’re looking at the bottom of the pool,
  3. Use your nose to slowly exhale while stretching your body horizontally against the surface,
  4. Practice this again and again until, voila! You’re suddenly floating. Trust us, it’s that easy. You just need to keep doing it and eventually you will be floating.

Step 2: Moving those legs

Now that you’ve learned how to float, you’re halfway through to swimming! The next step is to master the right leg movements to propel you forwards in the water. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Complete the exercises in Step 1 until you’re able to float,
  2. While floating, move your legs up and down one at a time while keeping your feet stretched slightly. Try not to bend your knees while you do this and keep the entire leg moving at the same time from the hip joint,
  3. Try to move your legs while making as little splashes with the water as possible to minimise resistance,
  4. Once you’ve mastered these leg movements, take a kickboard and hold onto it with your hands to help propel yourself forwards.

Step 3: Moving your hands correctly

Now you’ve mastered the first two steps, you’re ready for the first and final step! It might be a little difficult to get used to at first, but with enough persistence you’ll get there – we believe in you!

  1. While floating, stretch your hands out in front of you,
  2. Move one arm in a windmill motion by pushing it down into the water and back up and around you in a circular clockwise direction,
  3. Turn your head to face the right when moving your right hand, and face the left when pulling the water with your left hand,
  4. Continue moving your legs up and down alternately as in Step 2 to help move your body forward,
  5. You’re doing it! You’re swimming freestyle!

The easiest way to learn how to swim is with a snorkel mask

When you’re trying to learn the proper movements and physical techniques for swimming, focusing on your breath can be a distraction that gets in the way. That’s why snorkels are the best tool you can have to help you work on your swimming strokes.

Here’s why learning to swim with a snorkel mask is the easiest and best method:

  • Wearing a snorkel lets you keep your head still so you don’t have to worry about how and when to breathe,
  • With your head straight, you’ll have less stroke imperfections that are usually caused by your head moving around a lot. This will help you swim straighter and perfect your alignment,
  • With a snorkel mask on you can keep your back and spine completely straight and avoid putting strain on your neck or lower back,
  • It also keeps your hips higher in the water so that there’s less resistance, making swimming easier to master,
  • Focusing on your body roll is easier when wearing a snorkel mask, giving you faster, stronger, and more powerful strokes,
  • You can also watch your hands as they move underwater, helping you generate more power, speed, and minimise the risk of injury.

And once you’ve mastered the strokes and can do them like second nature, then you can worry about how and when to breathe.

What kind of snorkel should I use when learning how to swim?

The best snorkel to use when learning to swim is a full-face snorkel mask that lets you breathe naturally, the same as you would above the water.

FAQ:

1. What are the steps to swimming freestyle?

There are three basic steps that you should master so that you can get a good handle on freestyle.

  • Learning how to float
  • Moving those legs
  • Moving your hands correctly

2. What is the easiest method to learn how to swim?

When you’re trying to learn the proper movements and physical techniques for swimming, focusing on your breath can be a distraction that gets in the way. That’s why snorkels are the best tool you can have to help you work on your swimming strokes.

Wearing a snorkel lets you keep your head still so you don’t have to worry about how and when to breathe. With your head straight, you’ll have less stroke imperfections that are usually caused by your head moving around a lot. This will help you swim straighter and perfect your alignment.

3. What kind of snorkel should I use when learning how to swim?

The best snorkel to use when learning to swim is a full-face snorkel mask that lets you breathe naturally, the same as you would above the water.

4. What are the steps to learn how to float?

Every swimmer needs to learn how to stay afloat, otherwise you’ll sink right to the bottom of the ocean! And that’s not swimming at all, is it? Here’s how to learn floating:

  1. Start in the shallow end of a swimming pool,
  2. Hold onto the rod that’s fixed to the wall, take a deep inhalation through your mouth, and keep holding your breath as you lean forward and let your body rest against the surface of the water. You want to make sure that your face is half submerged in the water so that you’re looking at the bottom of the pool,
  3. Use your nose to slowly exhale while stretching your body horizontally against the surface,
  4. Practice this again and again until, voila! You’re suddenly floating. Trust us, it’s that easy. You just need to keep doing it and eventually you will be floating.

5. What are the steps to move the legs for swimming?

  1. Complete the exercises in Step 1 until you’re able to float,
  2. While floating, move your legs up and down one at a time while keeping your feet stretched slightly. Try not to bend your knees while you do this and keep the entire leg moving at the same time from the hip joint,
  3. Try to move your legs while making as little splashes with the water as possible to minimise resistance,
  4. Once you’ve mastered these leg movements, take a kickboard and hold onto it with your hands to help propel yourself forwards.

6. What are the steps to move the hands correctly?

  1. While floating, stretch your hands out in front of you,
  2. Move one arm in a windmill motion by pushing it down into the water and back up and around you in a circular clockwise direction,
  3. Turn your head to face the right when moving your right hand, and face the left when pulling the water with your left hand,
  4. Continue moving your legs up and down alternately as in Step 2 to help move your body forward,
  5. You’re doing it! You’re swimming freestyle!

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