Keeping yourself afloat (literally)
Floating can be very relaxing and you often see people in resorts and the sea, lying on their backs without a care in the world. But it doesn’t come naturally to everybody. Trying to stay on the surface of the water without sinking can be frustrating, particularly as you watch others bobbing away like a cork!
If you haven't mastered it yet, there are a few basics to get your head around. Here are our top tips on learning to float.
Relax your body: It's important to relax your body and release any tension. Take deep breaths and try to calm your mind.
Lie back: Lie on your back with your head tilted back so that your face is pointing upwards. Your arms should be at your sides, and your legs should be extended.
Spread your arms and legs: Spread your arms and legs slightly apart, keeping them relaxed.
Breathe deeply: Take slow, deep breaths and try to keep your body as still as possible. Keep your head back and your face above the water.
Keep your body buoyant: To maintain your position on the surface of the water, you need to keep your body buoyant. This can be done by inhaling deeply and holding your breath for a few seconds, which will cause your chest to rise and your body to float. In fact, it can be a fun sensation breathing in and holding your breath to rise to the surface and then exhaling and sinking a little.
Practice: Practice floating in shallow water until you feel comfortable and confident. Once you feel comfortable, you can try floating in deeper water.
Remember, learning to float takes practice and patience. With time, you can improve your technique and become more comfortable floating in the water and even start to relax doing it too.
If you are still having difficulty floating, use a floatation device like a lilo or blow up pool toy is a great idea too. relax on that instead!
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