Dead swimmer's float

Purpose

To experience the natural buoyancy of your body while your arms and legs are completely relaxed. This is the second key drill in the buoyancy series.

procedure

  • Position yourself in the middle of a lane.
  • Take a deep breath and hold it.
  • Round your back and tuck in your chin.
  • Completely relax your arms and legs. They should be completely limp.
  • Hold this position until you need to breathe.
  • Notice your natural head position while floating.

focus points

  • Be sure to take a deep breath and hold it.
  • Keep your chin tucked in tight.
  • Let your elbows and knees bend naturally; stay relaxed.
  • Notice which part of your back is floating highest at the surface.
  • You should feel your head fall in line with your spine.

TIPS

  • Have your coach check your arms and legs to verify that they are relaxed.
  • If you are practicing this at home or on your own, tell someone what you are doing so they don’t think that you have drowned!