Welcome back Foot Splashers and Seasoned Swimmers 💦! Today’s topic concerns the very first skill one must master on their journey to becoming master of the 6 Feets and Seas (Just 6 though because Christian, the Great Octopus Wrangler, will always hold the 7th🐙).
Breathing in the water is very unlike breathing outside of it, especially if you’ve been breathing correctly. Most people don’t (inhale through nose; exhale through mouth for the unmindful ones💆🏽♂️).
The best way to breathe for swimming is the exact opposite: exhale through the nose; inhale through the mouth.
This method of breathing is advantageous for a few different but commonly aligned reasons:
- Prevents water in nose, thereby averting the super uncomfortable sensation of death, and, well, having water in your nose 🤷🏽♂️.
- Reduces oxygen in lungs allowing your body to be more evenly aligned for swimming (you know, physics and biomechanics and stuff).
- Looks super cool in front of all my sea turtle friends 🐢.
Okay, so now that we’ve gone over the benefits, how do we put this skill in action💭?
I thought you’d never ask😎.
We practice breath control through what is called “bobbing”.
Bobbing is SUPER simple and can be super fun as long as you don’t do it, like, more than 10 times in a row (seriously lol not good, you could pass out underwater. No bueno. Not fun 🙅🏽♂️). #BobResponsibly
Here’s how to perform bobs with progressions thrown in.
1st: Blow bubbles with just mouth in water ✅
2nd: Blow bubbles with both mouth & nose in water (through nose this time) ✅
3rd: Blow bubbles while face is in water (still through nose) ✅
4th: Submerge half face in water and, you guessed it, blow bubbles (nose)😊✅
5th: Fully submerge head and blow bubbles (nose again) ✅
And there you go! Practice a few times in a row (5 times should do it) focusing on exhaling through the nose and inhaling through the mouth. Once you have that down comfortably, you’re ready for the next step! 💦
**sidenote: some swimmmers exhale through both their mouth and nose while inhaling just through their mouths. That way is perfectly fine. For teaching purposes, I keep it simple 💆🏽♂️
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