How to Breathe While Swimming

Breathing is the basis of swimming, so in our school we teach children to breathe correctly starting at the very first lesson. In this article we will discuss the first phase of breathing - static breathing (without swimming). You and your child can learn this together! First step, grab your swimming goggles and head to the pool. The goggles will allow you to open your eyes under water and better coordinate your movements. Ready? Let's go!

Step 1

Grasp the edge (side) of the pool with both hands so that your head is above the water and your legs are down. If the pool is not deep, you can stand with your feet on the bottom of the pool. Try to perform all movements in a way that your legs do not rise up.

Step 2

Open your mouth and take a short, deep breath. Then put your head down under the water. Feel the body pushing up. Do not rush to emerge, for a moment feel the weightlessness. In this state, it is very difficult to control your body in the water. Once you get the feel for this, we will move on to the next step.

Step 3

Start again by taking a deep breath and dropping under the water. Exhale to let the bubbles go - all of the bubbles! The cycle of breathing - inhale and exhale - is completed by doing this exercise.

Pay attention to:

Remember that after inhalation, part of the oxygen in the lungs turns into carbon dioxide, which should not remain there. Exhalation assists with this.

P.S. When you are exhaling under water, try to imagine that you are blowing out the candles on your birthday cake! Your gift: the ability to “breathe” under water!

Frequent Breathing Errors

We have studied only the first stage of swimming breathing, during which you made your first exhalation into the water. This is a very important step in mastering swimming. To successfully work on the next steps and not make mistakes, you need not only knowledge, but also swimming experience. It is best to do this under the guidance of a professional. Learning to swim correctly makes it far more pleasurable.