My upbringing contributed greatly to what I love and love doing as an adult. Growing up in a house that had a pool in the backyard, I guess my destiny had already started to take its course. My siblings and I would waste our day away playing in the pool.
As I grew older, my playing in water translated into expert and professional swimming. Years of experience allowed me to perfect my dolphin kick, and other swimming styles, such as breaststroke and butterfly.
Thanks to the new digital age, I have a platform that allows me to share what I know and love. Below, are a few tips on how to swim like a mermaid.
Placing Your Head In The Water
Most people aren't comfortable with having to have their faces submerged under water. However, if you want to learn how to swim like a mermaid, this is a must. Plus, it's easy and will take you little time to get used to.
Learning how to do bobs has helped people transition into this. Bobs involve dunking your head under water for a few seconds while blowing air to the surface. One is advised to do this at intervals while taking a break of one minute out of the water.
This not only helps you get used to having your head underwater, but it strengthens your lungs too.
Humming Under The Water
Humming under water may sound difficult in theory, but it's actually easy in practice. Practice breathing in through your mouth, and out through your nose repeatedly, out of the water. This works your lungs and increases their endurance.
When underwater, hum as you blow air out while under water. Hence, you will be able to stay underwater for longer.
The Streamline Position
The streamline requires one to clasp arms together, facing forward towards the direction you are swimming in. Ensure that as your hands clasp together, your arms touch your ears. Having your arms this way will allow you to form the streamline shape that will help you cut across the waters effortlessly.
Once you get this right, you can practice swimming with your arms on your side as well. Remember, you'll be pushing your way through the water while kicking through the water.
This can be tiring, especially if you are just starting off. However, the more you do it, the better you get at it.
Holding Your Breath
This is kind of a no-brainer. This requires a lot of practice, hard work, and patience on your side. Keep at it, and you'll be a pro before you know it.
Keep your eyes open underwater
This is a hard one. Other than the fact that water can be uncomfortable on the eyes, they also close from reflex once they detect a foreign object. Start by using goggles underwater, and then slowly transition without using them. You can always use eye drops if your eyes get irritated by the water.
Get Some Swimming Fins
It is important to always start slow when it comes to using fins for swimming. Purchase separate fins first, to condition yourself to use fins. Later, you can transition to a mono-fin.
The Skulling Hand Movement
Skulling is the act that involves a movement of your hands to help you stay on the surface of the water.
The Mermaid Kick
The mermaid kick goes hand in hand with learning how to streamline. The same way your arms should remain straight, so should your legs. And try not to bend your knees. Now, while having both your arms and legs streamlined, swim while kicking your legs.
Do this several times, while taking breaks in between to rest. This is essential for any effective learning routine. After your comfortable, transition into using the fins. Then, once you're used to swimming in fins, you can graduate into using a mermaid tail.
Fun In The Open Water
Now it's time to go test out what you've learned. Swimming in the open water is a lot different than swimming in a pool. It's challenging, yet fun and exciting. Plus, you get to practice your endurance as a new mermaid swimmer.
I hope this blog post was helpful. Do not be afraid to reach out by posting a comment or any questions you'd like answered.