Conquer Your Fears, Breathe Better, and Enjoy Swimming
19th January 2018
A lot of people find they’re more than happy to swim with their head out of the water or to just paddle about, but once it comes to swimming properly and submerging their head, it’s a different story.
Being able to exhale underwater is very important but it takes a lot of practice. You may feel too much pressure in your sinuses or that your eardrums begin to hurt. So, how should you be doing it?
How do you breathe when you are learning to swim?
When you exhale under water, you should try to exhale through your nose as naturally as possible. Many new swimmers struggle to breathe properly when swimming, and lots of people find it hard to control the exhale underwater.
Before you enter the water, inhale deeply and try to fill your lungs as much as possible. Once your head enters the water, you should exhale out of your nose so that very small bubbles are created. Keeping these bubbles as small as possible will help you to track how slowly you are exhaling. A beginner will do well to exhale for 20 seconds. Feel the tension leaving your body as you blow out.
When breathing in freestyle you must make sure you exhale steadily until your mouth is clear of the surface , then inhale and exhale again as soon as your nose enters the water . Inhale every 2 or 3 arm strokes.
When swimming in open water, which is much colder it’s important to stay calm and control your breathing as much as possible. Once you have mastered the art of breathing during swimming, you will find it becomes much easier and you won’t get so breathless after a few metres!
How do you keep water out of your nose while swimming?
Practice, practice, practice. One of the best techniques to keep water out of your nose while swimming it to practice with your head in a bowl of water. This will remove the panic element of being in the pool and will allow you to completely control the experience.
Another useful trick is to hum with your face out of the water, then put your face into the water while you are still humming, keeping your mouth closed. As your head enters the water, slowly exhale through your nose . Practice this many times and as you get more comfortable, keep your head under the water for longer and longer.
At first, it will be difficult to find the fine line between blowing out so fast you run out of air too quickly and not allowing enough out and ending up with water up your nose. It really does just take time and practice!
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