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Guide To Standing After Swimming

Learning to swim is an exciting and nerve-racking skill. As you develop the ability to float, kick, swim, and generally remain balanced at the water's surface, knowing how to stand up without losing balance and falling over is essential. In this guide, we'll provide step-by-step instructions on how to stand up after swimming while maintaining your stability.

KEY TAKEWAYS

  • Before entering the swimming pool, ensure you practise in a safe environment.

  •  If you are particularly nervous, before entering the swimming pool, let the lifeguard know you are new to swimming and where you are practising.  

  • While floating or swimming at the surface, ensure you are not tense.

  • If you struggle with standing, use your last arm stroke to return to a "streamline kick" before standing. 

  • Tuck your knees close towards your chest before lifting your head.

  • Once your knees are tucked, lift your head above the water, allowing your torso to move from the water surface to an upright position.

  • As your torso moves upright, allow your feet to find the ground. Your legs and feet should be ready due to the preparation made by tucking your knees before lifting your head.  

  • Maintain your focus and keep your eyes forward to aid in balance and stability.

Standing Up After Swimming: A Guide to Maintaining Balance

Learning to swim is an exciting and nerve-racking skill. As you develop the ability to float, kick, swim, and generally remain balanced at the water's surface, knowing how to stand up without losing balance and falling over is essential. In this guide, we'll provide step-by-step instructions on how to stand up after swimming while maintaining your stability.

Instructions:
1. Assess your surroundings:
- Before entering the swimming pool, ensure you practise in a safe environment. We recommend learning in the pool's shallow end under lifeguard supervision. If you are particularly nervous, before entering the swimming pool, let the lifeguard know you are new to swimming and where you are practising.
- Ensure no obstacles, such as swimming equipment or an uneven surface, may cause you to trip or injure yourself.

2. Prepare for standing up:
- While floating or swimming at the surface, ensure you are not tense. Nerves can cause swimmers to become too stiff, which alters technique and increases instability. Maintain your good form, holding your core in good posture by pulling your stomach towards your spine.
- If you struggle with standing, use your last arm stroke to return to a "streamline kick" before standing.

3. Tuck your knees before lifting your head
- Tuck your knees close towards your chest before lifting your head. Most swimmers face trouble if their feet are not near the ground as their head lifts above the water. Tucking your knees ensures your feet move towards the ground as your torso moves upright.
- Once your knees are tucked, lift your head above the water, allowing your torso to move from the water surface to an upright position. Ensure your knees remain tucked as you lift your head and re-orientate your torso.

4. Standing
- As your torso moves upright, allow your feet to find the ground. Your legs and feet should be ready due to the preparation made by tucking your knees before lifting your head.
- Maintain your focus and keep your eyes forward to aid in balance and stability. Avoid adding extra movements with your arms as you stand. Allow your arms to relax near the water's surface.

Learning how to stand up after swimming without falling over is an essential skill for maintaining balance and safety. By following these step-by-step instructions and practising regularly, you will gradually develop the necessary control and coordination to stand up confidently after swimming. Always prioritize safety, keep calm, and take your time throughout the process. Happy swimming!

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