reply to post by shadow12
I couldn't learn to back float with the usual swimming lesson method. Following is the way I and others learned. It's NOT the regulation way of
teaching back floating. It took several sessions (about 5 or 6) so, don't expect to get it the first day.
Swimming classes - it takes two people to learn to back float. Do this in a pool, not in a natural water environment.
You need the floater and the assistant. Get in about 3 feet of water, (half your body height). Have your friend, buddy (assistant) squat down and
hold out both arms about 1 to 1/2 feet apart just barely below the surface of the water.
You (the floater) lay back across the assistant's arms like lying across two ladder rungs, with your arms FREE (don't get tangled in their arms.) One
of the assistant's arms should be about the bottom line connecting your two shoulder blades. The other should be parellel at the BASE of your spine,
right next to your patoodie in the same direction as your undies or swimwear waistband.
So, your assistant is BESIDE you, not behind you as in the usual classes.
Then, it's a matter of relaxing while being supported by your assistant, keeping your head back, belly button UP, and your hiney buoyant. Don't worry
about your legs at first. Learn deep but relaxed breathing. Once you get the rest down, then learn to float the legs too.
Now, a "survival float" is completely different and to me is much harder than back floating.
A survival float you just play limp jellyfish in the water, take a deep breathe, put your face down in the water and then raise head and do an air
exchange when needed, then relax head into water again. Rinse and repeat. Supposedly this dangling leg method conserves energy.
Both methods require the swimmer to feel "comfortable" enough with water to "relax."
edit on 22/6/2012 by Trexter Ziam because: (no reason given)