Swimming- Learn How to Transform into a Mermaid

Get Ready to Swim like a Mermaid

By mentioning on how to transform into a mermaid, we don’t mean to tell that you will get a half fish like body, but how to swim in water easily and smoothly like a mermaid. Think its impossible, remember impossible itself means I M possible. Lame and cliché isn’t it? Well, read ahead and you will agree too.

Anytime is a great time for swimming, but summer, is the perfect time to take up swimming. Kids summer vacations are also here and swimming is the best activity to get your kid and yourself into, as this is one Age no bar activity. Can’t wait to know how to transform into a mermaid? Lets begin with the popular swimming styles/strokes and a short description on how to perform them right.

  1. Freestyle: Apparently the easiest and most comfortable swimming style which is also the fastest and the most efficient of the competitive strokes.

How to do it right and fast

  • Hold your breath: While this implies to all strokes, your breath holding capacity in water during freestyle stroke helps you move ahead faster. Practise your breathing by holding your breath in water for as long as you can comfortably and then exhaling inside water, forming bubbles. An alternate way to practise breathing for amateurs is to stay still in water and keeping your half your face submerged in water holding your breath. Then, count to 1,2,3 and take the face sideways(right), inhale. Now repeat, this time take the face sideways(left) to inhale. Keep repeating this for a better breath holding inside water while swimming.
  • Hands matter: The hand movement in freestyle is like boating. If you have noticed the rower, he sweeps the oar sideways, cutting water like a knife. Same implies for swimming. Most people splash water by sweeping the hand as if hitting water. That’s a NO. To move swiftly in water, turn your palm outwards and sweep for the perfect stroke. This will ensure your movement inside water is smooth and you move faster than the rest.
  • Leg Movement matters: Do you know why any trainer makes you practise floating for long? Because it matters the most. If your body cannot float, your feet will be submerged in water and make a big splash when you move them. This way your speed too will decrease. Balance your body well, keeping your body parallel to the water as you float and kick your feet. The faster you flutter your feet, faster you move. Just FYI; its called ‘Flutter kick’.

Sounds like freestyle stroke is too tough? Wait till you hear about the rest.

  1. Backstroke: Before we tell you how its done, lets throw a limelight on how it was invented. Backstroke was undoubtedly first contrived by a poor swimmer who was simply exhausted from trying to crawl and turned onto his back and realized he or she could breathe much easily and still maintain some propulsion.

How to do it right and fast

  • Don’t kick using Knees: Since you are swimming backwards, keep your legs close to each other and kick from hips rather than using knees. To do this, keep your knees and ankles relaxed else you might get a cramp. Your knee should be slightly bent.
  • Kick harder to move faster: Kick the water as fast as you can. Imagine your feet as motor of a boat; the harder you kick, the faster you will move.
  • Standing afloat isn’t the matter really: Don’t be scared if you see water rising to your chest in this position. You are moving, water will come near your chest. Relax and move.
  1. Butterfly Stroke: Ok, we are not joking, but If you can do this one easily, you have achieved a great level in swimming. Butterfly stroke requires a high level of strength and power, especially in the shoulder area.

Did you know?

This is the second fastest swimming stroke, when done properly? So, if you get this one correct, you have transformed into a mermaid already.

How to do it right and fast

  • Dolphin Kick: The best way to pick speed and swim swiftly while swimming butterfly style is to master the dolphin kick. In Butterfly kick, both legs need to be moved simultaneously. To ensure swift movement, press both legs together to avoid loss of water pressure.
  • Move your body like a wave: Unlike other strokes, butterfly stroke is a movement of the full body. Ensure that when your chest rises your hips should be at their lowest position, and when your chest falls your hips should be at their highest position, with your behind breaking the surface of the water.
  • Breathing Right: Seeing videos online will make you wonder how swimmers swim while performing the butterfly stroke. Answer is when their arms are just coming out of the water at the beginning of the recovery phase. So, the trick is:

As your arms are about to come out of the water, raise your head until your chin is just above the water and take a breath. Do not turn your head to the left or right – it should be kept straight.

  1. Breast Stroke: Breast stroke is the most comfortable swimming style as the swimmer’s head mostly stays out of water. Most people call it the frog stroke due to the style of swimming being similar to that of a frog swimming. We guess, you already understood how to perform the best stroke.

Did you know?

Breast stroke is the slowest of the 4 strokes.

How to do it right and fast

  • Body position: Your body position should be with your head facing forward in line with your body such that there is no obstruction in moving forward and water doesn’t pull you down.
  • Position of the Body: Keep your shoulders, hips and legs horizontal at most times. But, at the same time, slope your body slightly to let the leg kick stay beneath water.

Isn’t it marvelous how each stroke looks so different yet techniques for keeping up pace look so similar?

Now that you are aware with the stroke techniques, lets check a few Dos and Donts of Swimming which will come in handy and prove to be great help when required.

  1. Warm up: We can understand the excitement that erupts from within when you enter the pool, but warmup is a must.
  2. Hydration is the key: De-hydration will lead to fatigue and prolong endurance. Avoid it. Sip water before and after you come out of water.
  3. Expertise on one stroke at a time: Its better to focus and expertise on one stroke before you proceed to be the Michael Phelps of your area. Understand the techniques, how to get it all right and just master the stroke.
  4. Gap between eating: This one is mandatory. Don’t just eat and jump in the pool. It can cause more trouble than you can imagine. From black to heart strokes, anything.
  5. Eat right post Swimming: Swimming is considered as a great activity/workout for burning calories because of which we all rush to the fridge as soon as we exit the pool. Make sure you keep this healthy. Go for salads and other low-calorie meals rather than hogging on food.

Tip: If you are an amateur swimmer, go for breadth laps rather than length laps. And, also use the pool when there is less crowd, to avoid bumping into other swimmers.

Ankita Bhardwaj

A Journalism(H) graduate from KNC, Delhi University; Ankita loves to pen down her thoughts in form of blogs, Articles and quotes. She is an avid traveler who believes that "Life is Car, Steer it Properly and Safely."

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