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[*] posted on 3.11.2017 at 06:28 PM
Learning to swim.....Again!


It has been over 2 decades (20 years plus) since I was an active swimmer...that's when my children were between 5 and 8 years of age. To me it was essential that my children learn how to swim AND more important.....HOW TO TREAT WATER (stay afloat in other words)

Now....here I am at the age of 64 learning the basics of swimming again at the local community center in Henderson, Nevada.(there's more than one)

Two things I learn right off the bat!
One....the techniques involved I didn't know, But simple to learn.
Two....after 40 minutes of practice, I was exhausted.(whew)

here is a sample of what I did this morning:
A you-tube instruction on HOW TO TREAD WATER(learning to stay afloat)
length: 3 minutes 48 seconds
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFmOtf_Ew1w

HOW TO STAY AFLOAT: :yes:less that two minutes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sS0PZSrI-GI

HOW TO PREVENT DROWNING
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=regiBUDs-s0
less than two minutes
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[*] posted on 3.18.2017 at 07:18 AM
Learning to Swim, the basics of buoyancy


Definition of Buoyancy:
1. the ability or tendency to float in water or air or some other fluid.
OR the power of a liquid to keep something afloat.

2. an optimistic and cheerful disposition.
"the happiness and buoyancy of his nature"

Believe me....once you master floating in water, you'll become optimistic and confident.
On my first week of swimming lessons, I concentrated on floating(buoyancy)
I found the you-tube video that mirrors some of my lessons:

learn to:
Proper Breathing Control....(important)
Quick Breathing
The Front Float
The Back Float
The Front Glide
The Back Glide

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHbKOr1wurl

_relax, take your time
_never do it alone, have a buddy, preferably someone who knows
_and most of all, practice, practice, and more practice!
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[*] posted on 3.27.2017 at 06:01 PM
now its practice time


Just got out of the pool an hour ago....luckily the indoor pool is only 2 miles and some change away.

Who's belongs to these pancakes? I asked as I was looking into the fridge. A 13 yo girl said it was hers...but she hasn't touch them.
3 large pancakes that are smuthered in real strawberries and syrup and package in a covered plastic plate. (from this morning)
With her permission, placed the pancakes on a regular plate, placed them in the micro-wave, and soon devoured them.

SWIMMING....I found out...makes me very hungry...and my muscles a little worn/tired.
I still working on my breathing, swimming laps, 25 meters across and back is not easy.
My back stroke is good, my breast stroke needs some work, and the front crawl is good except for the breathing part. (needs work)
The instructor wanted us newbies to try the butterfly stroke
Every student said, NOT YET!....we're still trying to get a handle on the first 3. (whew)
So he cut us some slack, until next week.:wow:

Until then, I'll be hitting the pool once a day for 40 minutes at a time working out. My endurance is slowly building...I now can cover 20 meters without stopping...not quite the full 25. But hey, I know how to float now.:yes:
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[*] posted on 4.8.2017 at 03:40 PM
Diving and Treading water


This morning we left the comfort of the 4 foot deep pool and went to the 7 foot in depth level. (can't stand there)....well, actually you could BUT!

Here we received our first lessons on Treading Water.
We enter the pool and hanging onto the sides while the instructor gave us a demonstration.
After that.....we tried it!
Hm-m-m......easy, but tiring fast....yup, I'm out of shape.
Imagine your arms are like a butter knife and you're spreading butter. Both arms moving toward each other then away from each other. In the meantime, your legs are doing short flapping or kicking.
Our instructor wanted us to tread water for 30 seconds, (whew)...you don't realize how long 30 seconds is until you try it.
I was successful the first time around...second time, not so good. And we all rotated.
After everyone did it twice....NOW the diving.

a you-tube example:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NY71Hn9Ya94

the only difference here is the hands, while hers is in the professional swimmers position, a way to cut through the water, for the ordinary person...your hands are over-lapping and in a 45 degree angle to break up the water before your head hits. And it does make a difference!

We also did the pencil dive, demonstrated by this 6 year old.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJ_5SIakxOc

Our instructor recommended that we hit the pool 3 to 4 times a week AT 20 minutes at each time....it's better than once or twice a week for a longer period of time.
Our endurance will improve quicker.
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[*] posted on 4.16.2017 at 04:31 PM
I did it!


I swam the whole length of the pool (25+ meters) using the back stroke.:ty::mj::hehe:
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