Cannonball float


To give you a sense of how your body floats naturally so that you can feel the center of your buoyancy. This is the first key drill in the buoyancy series.


  • Position yourself in the middle of a lane.
  • Take a deep breath and hold it.
  • Bend at the hips and knees and grab around your ankles.
  • Round your back and tuck in your chin.
  • Allow your body to float naturall.
  • Hold this position until you need to breathe.

focus points

  • Be sure to take a deep breath and hold it.
  • Keep your chin tucked in tight.
  • Notice which part of your back is floating highest at the surface


  • Try to keep your back at the surface as you draw your legs in underneath you.
  • Stay in the middle of the lane so that you don’t run into the lane rope.