Happy August, Adult Lessons Swimmers!
After a one week break, we are resuming our series on deep water progressions. Hopefully, you've some time to practice some of your deep water skills! Even though the summer is coming to a close, that doesn't mean it isn't helpful to keep your deep water acclimation polished. Here in Texas, it's warm almost 9 months out of the year, and who knows when you'll make that next trip out to your local lake! To recap, two weeks ago, we discussed float transitions and finding a way to seamlessly transition from your front to your back - and vice versa - in deep water. THIS week, it gets simpler than that. All we're focusing on is learning how to BOB. That is, learning just how to float up and down like a buoy.
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We've spent a little time working on transitions, floating, and learning how to relinquish control in some aspects of our deep water journey. Bobbing is one of the simpler steps, yet also can be a scary one because, like the ladder, we're pushing ourselves under the water. However, this time we aren't holding onto anything. Like the video displays, it is perfectly okay to try this technique first in a shallow end of the pool so that we can get comfortable with the "sweeping out and overhead" motion of our arms, and the recovery back down to our sides. There is no pressure to force yourself into the deep water right off the bat. Gradually let yourself acclimate to deeper and deeper until you're in the deepest part of the pool and comfortable with learning how to bob.
Fact of the week: Bobbing in deep water is just another means by which we expand our horizons and control. It's easy to get caught up in deep water when you look down, so it's important to maintain within the radius of your own control. When we sweep overhead with our arms, our hands will likely be ~just~ below the surface. Once we recover to our hips, our head will resurface. Not to mention, as the video reminds, our bodies are (mostly) naturally buoyant, hopefully inspiring less concern! We've flipped and flopped our way through deep water, and this is just another smooth step to erasing doubt and helping you jump right in to a deep water adventure.
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.
Looking forward to the start of a new season! It's the best time of the year to be learning how to swim as an adult!
The Sigma Team