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200m swim test and 10 mins water treading

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by johnslowinski, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. purbeast

    purbeast Barracuda

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    To be fair, you brought up the comparison not anyone else.

    I just checked FFMI and my current one is 25.2 and that’s being somewhat generous.

    When I snorkel my face is facing down and underwater so not really sure what that has to do with anything. And my legs are usually moving.
     
  2. dmaziuk

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    Just making sure you're serious about having body muscle-to-fat ratio greater than that of an Olympic athlete. Not that is isn't doable, it just takes some dedication.

    Because if you can do that on your face without sinking, there is no reason you wouldn't be able to do it on your back, like e.g. this guy:
     
  3. seashepherd

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    Swimming is like any other life skill, the more you do it, the better you get. There is no reason for anyone to get out of breath while swimming, unless you’re in competition giving it your all. Get some professional help, and work on your technique. There is a reason that cert requires you pass a swim test. You shouldn’t be out in open water if you can’t swim, it is irresponsible towards your buddy, others you’re with and your dive master. People drown every day, it’s serious. Your life is worth learning this basic technique. Sure, there are probably some people who are sinkers, but I’ve never met any. Your lungs are a personal flotation device and once you learn how to control your body in the water, and learn to control your breathing it is very very hard to sink. For late adult swim students, I’d recommend the Total Immersion swim program, it works. You can find them on You Tube. With a two beat kick, you can swim forever.
     
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  4. BikerBecca

    BikerBecca ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I think a lot of posts have given you awesome advice and some really helpful videos. Keep with the swim lessons. I think you are more in your head afraid of failure right now. Trust me, I know. When I went pro I have to do a 400m swim, 800m snorkel, and a 15 or 20 minute float. That had me nervous too, but at age 51 and 52 I did it.

    You stick with it. Feel confident in the water. You got this, and when the diving bug gets you and you decide to go pro you'll make that 400m swim too!

    Let us know how you do when you finally do take your swim test. Keep up with the lessons, listen to the advice you got here and ace this thing!
     
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  5. johnslowinski

    johnslowinski Angel Fish

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    Today i found out most of the swim part is mental, all this while i swim at the deep end of the pool, maybe i was afraid of exhausting in the middle of the pool and drown hence i have doubt to keep going. Today i swim at the shallow end and had no problem of 200m continuous breast stroke. now its time to focus on the 10m survival float
     
  6. dmaziuk

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    Same thing: it's mostly your subconsciousness that makes you tense up and struggle that's the problem. In reality your body is roughy neutrally buoyant, give or take bone density and muscle vs fatty tissue ratios, and you have some 13 pounds of buoyancy in your chest. If you keep enough air in your lungs at all time, you cannot drown -- but the brain needs to get used to that idea.
     
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  7. Landau

    Landau Divemaster

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    Congrats! I knew you were close to turning the corner! Now that you know you can do it shallow try it deep too.
     
  8. johnslowinski

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    I would to thank everyone who gave tips and advices here. Today I practised in the deep end of the pool and completed 200m swim, and for
     
  9. johnslowinski

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    I would to thank everyone who gave tips and advices here. Today I practised in the deep end of the pool and completed 200m swim, and for survival float i could stay as long as I want with combination of water treading, backfloat, drownproofing and playing around in the water. Will sign up for Scuba course next.

    In Scuba course, what is the most challenging thing that we need to pass?
     
  10. Jcp2

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    I think it’s either clearing water from the mask or breathing off the regulator at depth.
     

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