Happy July, Adult Lessons Swimmers!
Continuing on with our introduction to deep water from last week, we now move on to the first step of gaining REAL comfort in deep water - the DEEP WATER FLOAT. Now that we have gotten in the water, and our feet no longer touch the bottom of the pool, it is natural to feel a little anxiety. It's uncharted territory for many new swimmers. But, oceans and lakes don't typically stop at 5 feet. Learning how to float in deep water can not only be relaxing, but also potentially life-saving. We'll continue these progressions week to week, hoping to help you turn the next diving well or beach vacation into a new exploration!
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Going back to the facts of this series, it's evident that swimming in deep water is certainly a daunting task. But, it's important to remind yourself that you just have to work one step at a time to gain that comfort. After you've spent enough time against the wall/ledge in 6+ feet of water, it'll be time to learn how to operate away from the safety of a grasping point. The deep water float, sometimes coined the "peace position" due to the little-to-no effort required, is a way to maintain that bodily stability away from the ledge. Imagine taking a boat out on the lake with family or friends. Knowing that you could remain comfortable in the water with or without a float provides a great deal of ease. Although swimming without a life jacket in deep, open bodies of water is not recommended for any skill level, it is good to know that you have that security of knowing how to get to your "peace position".
Fact of the week: There will not likely be a ledge to grasp on during your beach vacation or your trip to the local lakeside campground. Why limit yourself to the hotel pool or remaining on the shoreline? The goal of deep water training is to afford you the sensation of reassurance in more uncomfortable aquatic settings, so that you can further enjoy your experiences. Deep sea diving, snorkeling, and open water swims all become available the more we open our mind. The mind, like a parachute, works best when it is open!
How do I move up? Attend as many of your classes as possible, communicate with your instructor on your struggles, goals, and where you're at in our curriculum. We also have many adults who purchase a gym membership to 24 Hour Fitness or LA Fitness while they are taking lessons so they can practice 2-3 times between classes.
Summer hasn't ended just yet! Learn to let go of the edge and float into your next deep water experience!
The Sigma Team