This drill helps you find your centre of balance in the water and helps you breathe out underwater. It is a drill to understand your buoyancy and how your lungs play a big part in this. Lay on your stomach with your face down in the water and your arms and legs stretched out a little. Float on the surface, and then start exhaling. Sink towards the bottom of the pool.
How to do it
- Make sure you have enough space in your lane
- Lay face down in the water with your arms and legs stretched out in a star-fish like position
- Hold your breath until you have found the right body positioning and then exhale continuously until there’s no more air in your lungs
- You will sink. Once you have reached the bottom of the pool, come up to the surface
- Breathe out constantly and a lot. Relax your body and surrender to the sinking feeling
- Keep your body balanced and horizontal in the water
- Don’t panic, try to stay relaxed while sinking. Enjoy the fall
By doing this drill, you will find your balance point between floating and sinking by releasing air out of your lungs. It is also a great drill to learn how to relax under water. These drills go back to the basics of swimming, which is breathing out underwater and controlling buoyancy and gravity in the water.