The Science of Density
It all comes down to science. The reason why things float in water is because the density of the water they displace is greater than their own density. People with higher body fat percentages tend to float more easily since fat is less dense than muscle and bone. On the other hand, people with lower body fat percentages may find it harder to float since their bodies are more dense.
Mind Over Matter
Mental control is also a factor when it comes to floating. Being tense or nervous in the water can affect your breathing, which affects your ability to float. Shallow breathing means less air in your lungs, which makes your body more dense. On the other hand, deep breathing can make your body less dense and more buoyant.
Treading Water as an Alternative
If floating just isn’t in the cards for you, there’s an alternative: treading water. It’s a valuable skill to learn for anyone, but especially for those who struggle with floating. Treading water allows you to keep your head above water and stay in one place.
At Easy2Swim, we believe that water safety is crucial. That’s why we offer private lessons to help you master the skill of floating. And if floating isn’t your thing, we’ll teach you how to tread water instead. Don’t let a fear of the water hold you back – sign up for lessons with Easy2Swim today.