How to float. Definitive step-to-step guide.
Learn how to float in water while swimming in 6 simple steps.
Danila Novikov
All- American swimmer owner of Danswim
HOW DO I FLOAT? That is the first question you should ask yourself before learning how to swim.

Learning to float is not that hard. I have been teaching swimming for the past 12 years and have spent over 9 500 hours explaining the art of swimming to my clients.

Here is the perfect recipe that helped a considerable number of my students to LEARN HOW TO FLOAT IN WATER IN 6 EASY STEPS.

Learn how to float in 6 easy steps

Want to become a better swimmer? Start by mastering the art of floating! This how to float step-by-step guide for beginner swimmers will provide you with the tools and knowledge needed to float with ease.
1
Ensure the correct position in the water before starting the float.
2
Inhale before beginning your float.
3
Initiate the float the right way.
4
Properly align yourself in the water.
5
Move through the water.
6
Know how to end your float correctly.
The ability to float in the water is natural for everyone. However, everyone's ability to float varies. Your ability to float depends on multiple factors, such as Muscle and bone structure, body fat percentage, and the air your lungs can hold.

Physics is there to help us in the water. As we all know, gravity keeps us grounded on land, but what if I told you there's a place where you can temporarily escape its pull? Welcome to the world of buoyancy! The buoyancy allows us to float and glide effortlessly in the water. Think of it as the superpower that you can obtain.

How to float step-to-step-guide

You can't swim if you don't know how to float. Think of it as the first step in mastering the art of swimming.

Without the ability to float, swimming would just be a dream. But with the ability to float, the possibilities in the water are endless! Think of the floating as a secret sauce for your perfect recipe for swimming.

Step 1. Ensure the correct position in the water before starting the float.

    Get one leg in front of another as if you were about to start a race. Make sure that your chest is in the water and your arms are extending in front, staying slightly below the surface.

      Step 2. Inhale before beginning your float.

        Take a big inhale with your mouth and hold it. Filling your lungs with air will ensure a better position inside the water and make your body more buoyant.

          Step 3. Initiate the float the right way.

            Slowly lean over into the water until your head is inside the water. Your feet leave the bottom while emerging on the same level as the rest of the body. Keep your arms in front and relaxed while floating. Make sure to tuck your chin while looking straight down toward the bottom of the pool.

              Step 4. Properly align yourself in the water.

                Hold your breath inside your lungs. Keep your muscles and joints relaxed while floating in the water. Keep your arms inside the water and hands close to each other.

                Make sure that your arms, head, torso, and legs stay on the same level. Keep your legs close to each other, and don't bend your knees while floating in the water.

                  Step 5. Move through the water.

                  Our level of buoyancy varies, with some able to float easily near the surface while others may struggle even with proper technique.

                  In this case, consider propelling your body through the water and maintaining the floating position. Using a combination of pulling and kicking will help you to stay up.
                  Related articles
                  Mistakes to avoid when learning how to kick in swimming | Dan Swim
                  Visit us here and check out our beginners guide to learn how to float in water, it is one of the most important concepts when it comes to swimming.
                  How to move your arms when swimming. Beginners guide. | Dan Swim
                  Visit us here and check out our beginners guide to learn how to float in water, it is one of the most important concepts when it comes to swimming.
                  Mistakes to avoid when learning how to move your arms In swimming. | Dan Swim
                  Visit us here and check out our beginners guide to learn how to float in water, it is one of the most important concepts when it comes to swimming.

                  Step 6. Know how to end your float correctly.

                    1. Bend your knees and push them towards the stomach.

                    2. Do not get your face out of the water before you feel the bottom of the pool with your feet.

                    3. Push your arms against the water until they reach your hips, so your feet can reach the bottom faster.

                    4. You can exhale as you come out of the water to get your breath when you are up.
                      Get comfortable doing those moves together, step after step. Here is the drill that will help you to master those moves. Here is how it's going to work:

                      1. Come closer to the wall. Take a deep breath and glide towards it.

                      2. Instead of stopping the float when you reach the wall, push yourself against the wall so you start gliding backward.

                      3. Glide backward for a second or two. Bend your knees and push your arms down to stop the glide. Make sure to tuck your chin down and maintain the streamlined position.

                      4. End your float whenever you are ready.
                      Check out the article about the most common mistakes beginners make while learning to float. By reading this article, you'll learn about the mistakes to avoid and tricks to help you float effortlessly like a seal from La Jolla Beach.

                      Once you learn how to float in the water with your face in, move on and learn how to swim on your back with this how to float on back step-to-step guide. Floating on your back might be the most chill swim you will ever learn. This knowledge might stay with you for the rest of your life. So, proceed with caution and learn the most chill swim at your own risk.
                      Related articles
                      Mistakes to Avoid When Floating | Dan Swim
                      Learn the mistakes to avoid when floating Much like our beginners' guide to learn to float this article will focus on things to avoid when floating.
                      How to float on back step-by-step guide | Danswim Blog
                      Whether you're a beginner or just looking to improve your back floating skills, our guide covers everything you need to know. Follow along and soon you'll be effortlessly floating on your back.
                      Everyone has a different way and pace of learning to swim. Keep going even if something doesn't work right away. Be consistent and patient. Swimming is not precise since, like, math or chemistry. Feel free to add some tweaks to help you feel comfortable in the water.

                      Looking to step up your swimming skills? We can assist you if you're located in or planning to visit NYC. Our swim lessons in New York are available to individuals of all ages and skill levels.

                      Follow the link to Danswim Online Swim School and get a FREE consultation! Fill out the form and attach a video of your swimming stroke, and I'll give you personalized tips and tricks to help improve your technique. Take advantage of this opportunity- it's 100% free!

                      We have an abundance of helpful resources at your fingertips. Dive into the Danswim Blog for expert tips and insights.

                      Follow us on Instagram and TikTok for helpful tips and swimming insights.

                      Master the art of swimming with our engaging YouTube content.