Underwater Swimming – Benefits & Dangers

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Underwater swimming is the art of swimming with the entire body submerged in the water. It is one of the most difficult swimming techniques to master. Underwater swimming requires a lot of breathing practice from the swimmer. Controlled breathing helps in performing this difficult task in an easier way. Underwater swimming has been part of the Olympics since 1900. Earlier it was not included because it did not generate a lot of interest in the audience as they were unable to see the swimmers who remained submerged in the water.

Underwater swimming technique can be mastered by following certain simple tips. Always more your legs in a paddle like motion. The paddle like motion should be performed in small movements. You must keep your legs straight and hold your toes together. Keep your toes pointed as it gives the longest line with the body. While doing underwater swimming one needs to pull themselves through the water. You can pull yourself by moving your arms in a breast stroke like manner. Another technique to perform underwater swimming is by coiling yourself as if trying to grab water in the breast stroke like fashion. You must keep your legs together and straight while elongating yourself while repeating the same motion.

Besides a good swimming technique one also requires an efficient means of breathing. It is important for your lungs to be filled with air before going underwater. It is not advisable to bloat yourself with air in one single breath. Instead take in two small breaths into the lower diaphragm. Finally take in a third and final breath slowly into your body holding it for a while to make yourself feel comfortable. You can easily manage 60 m of underwater swimming by using these swimming and breathing techniques.

Underwater swimming can mean different things for different people. For a scuba diver it can mean his bread and butter. It can have a relaxing feel to it as well by helping a diver enjoy the beauty of the under waters. It is also an important technique to know in case of emergencies. During floods and drowning knowing how to swim with the whole body submerged in water can help save your own life along with others.

Besides the above mentioned benefits, there are some disadvantages attached to it as well. It is not advisable to hold your breath for a very long time. This can increase the carbon dioxide inside the body to undesirable limits.

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8 Comments on “Underwater Swimming – Benefits & Dangers”

  • Travis
    22 July, 2011, 14:59

    I have been trying to increase my lung capacity by swimming underwater laps at my local pool. It might be one of the most challenging things I have done. I am also trying to increase the distance I can swim underwater, without coming up.

  • 22 July, 2011, 17:48

    Hi Travis,

    That’s really awesome!
    Do you keep a check on the number of laps you cover?
    I do that on daily basis as it helps in tracking my progress :)

  • mike
    16 September, 2011, 18:44

    as a brass player..it is essential and most beneficialto have as much lung capacity as possible…heard underwater swimming is very good for this.

  • ameya
    4 August, 2012, 17:07

    i do 30m underwater swimming continuous ,
    its cool, nothing  dangerous bt  make sure there r very less ppl in d pool 
    cause u may dash ur head wid sum1

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