How to Learn Freestyle Swimming?

It has 18 days since been I joined a swimming course on August 6, 2009. It has been a great experience till date. Based on my learning experience so far, I have come up with an algorithm that can be followed to learn swimming. The view and the method presented below is purely based on my personal opinion and experience. It does not comply to any standards. Please read the disclaimer section at the end of this post for further clarification.

Step 1: Practice holding your breath and learn to float in Water.

  • Anything that has air trapped inside can float. A cork floats in water since it has air trapped in it. Similarly, humans can float if they hold their breath.
  • The trainer should illustrate a simple demonstration of the face-down float and float by wrapping the arms around the knees and holding the breath for five seconds.
  • Demonstration of the “dead man’s float” with the arms out like an airplane and the face down in the water can be an added advantage.
  • The learner is expected to imitate the trainer after the demonstrations.

Example of the dead mans float method

Example of the dead man's float method (Image source: P.Gordon's photostream on Flickr)

Another image illustrating the dead mans float (Image source:

Another image illustrating the dead man's float (Image source:

Please note, the learner should never be left unattended at the swimming pool.

The video listed below by Peter Elizondo provides an elaborated view of step 1.