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Conserve your energy when treading water.
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Treading water is the act of moving your arms and legs to keep yourself afloat. Usually people tread water in the deep end of a swimming pool or in deep areas of open water in which they can't stand. Treading water can be a survival technique and is taught as a personal-safety measure in most swim classes. Tread water easily by using as little energy as possible to stay afloat.1.
Tread water in an upright position. Keep your face above the surface to avoid swallowing water. Assume a natural position that will be comfortable to sustain for long periods of time. Many people find bending at the waist just a bit while keeping their back straight to be a gentle treading position.2.
Bend your elbows slightly to form long paddles with your arms. Sweep your arms back and forth from your sides to just in front of your torso in wide sculls. Work slowly to prevent fatigue from setting in too quickly. The key to treading water easily is expending as little energy as possible.3.
Kick your legs in wide, leisurely strokes while you scull with your arms. Use a scissor kick -- bring your legs together and then spread them apart in a V-shape to complete one kick cycle. This kick style boosts your body up enough to keep your head out of the water.4.
Roll onto your back and float when you get tired. Once you have regained your strength, return to the upright treading position. Stop sculling and kick harder when you need to rest your arms. Scull faster and stop kicking when your legs need a break.
- Employ safety techniques to help remain calm if you become overwhelmed or anxious when you tread water. Lift your chin to keep your head above the water line and focus on your breathing. In a true emergency, wave your arms over your head to catch the attention of a lifeguard or onlooker.