Getting Started / 101
Get Ready For Your First Time
Before entering any body of water, make sure it’s safe and you are allowed to swim there. Lakes and beaches normally have rules and regulations posted which if not followed can result in a fine. Please refer to the local municipality water rules. Local pools normally have signs stating the rules and regulations. If you are considered a beginner, make sure you have someone with you who can swim well that can help in case of an emergency.
Before you enter the water, make sure you have stretched to warm up. This is important if you are going to be doing a serious training session. Make sure you have a water bottle for hydrating and all training equipment close by for your convenience. Always enter the water feet first, especially in bodies of water where depths are unknown (lake, or beach/ocean).
If you do too much too quickly you can hyperventilate if you are not used to breathing while swimming, strain your muscles if they are not used to so much resistance exercise and then you will not be able to or want to continue to swim for fitness.
Learn Proper Technique
Swimming can be very challenging if you do not commit to learning how to do a basic freestyle technique. Learning how to float on the surface, kick with your feet to accelerate, breathe forward or to the side while moving, and utilize your arms to propel yourself forward is important to ensure safety and improvement. Swim Consistently. If you do not build up how often and how long you are swimming you cannot increase your ability. Because swimming is such an unnatural motion it is important to begin slowly, but to also continue to swim regularly in order to improve.
Beginner Check List
- Swim Cap