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Beginner swimmers often exhale incorrectly.
The technique of bubbling helps swimmers to breathe properly. When you swim, you inhale through your mouth when your face is above water and exhale through your mouth or nose when your face is underwater. Beginners often panic during the underwater phase and hold their breath. By exhaling a steady stream of bubbles as you swim, you can avoid this type of tension and focus on performance.
Don't Spray, Bubble
Breathing for freestyle involves exhaling a constant stream of bubbles through your mouth or nose into the water, except when you turn your head out of the water and inhale. Because people aren't naturally comfortable underwater, the tendency is to inhale when their heads are above water and then hold their breath for a stroke or two. They wait until the last minute to exhale a big pocket of air into the water, which results in a spray. Bubbling underwater encourages you to gradually release air. By the time you lift your head out of the water, you're relaxed and ready to inhale.
Excess Carbon Dioxide
When you swim, tension is your enemy. If you hold your breath, your body begins to tense up. A deficiency of oxygen is matched by an increase in carbon dioxide in your lungs and bloodstream, which triggers the desperation to take a breath. If you're exhaling a steady stream of bubbles while swimming, the CO2 doesn't build up in your system and you won't feel the anxiety of reaching for the next breath. If you try to inhale and exhale while your head is above water, you're squeezing one too many actions in a short window of time.
Bob and Bubble
You can perform exercises to grow more comfortable breathing bubbles underwater and work on your technique. Bobbing, where you sink underwater and slowly exhale a stream of bubbles through your nose and mouth, is a way to grow familiar with breath control. When you return to the surface, inhale and then sink back into the water and exhale again. According to Olympic swimmer Janet Evans' book вЂњJanet Evans' Total Swimming,вЂќ Evans used an exercise in which she hung on to the pool's edge, inhaled deeply and then submerged her head and body underwater. Then, she'd blow the air out of her nose, emptying her lungs via bubbling before she surfaced. The technique is a simple, yet effective way to learn bubbling.
Sink and Then Swim
The subsequent stage after bobbing is to learn how to sink and stay at the bottom of the pool while exhaling bubbles. By growing comfortable with being underwater, you can counteract the natural instinct to tense up. Begin by treading water at the deep end of the pool and exhaling the air out of your lungs. Relax the muscles in your body, imagining that you're settling into a cushioned sofa. Allow yourself to sink straight down in a slow and controlled manner, continuing to exhale. When you reach the bottom of the pool, exhale until you need to take a breath and then rise to the surface. Practice sinking several times. Next, try to sit or lie on your back on the bottom of the pool, blowing out bubbles.