In this video you learn how to get into the water for the first time
Here you'll learn how to get into the water for the first time upto your waist. Move on to the next video in this program when you're ready
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FIRST IMMERSIONS IN SHALLOW WATER
In this video, you are going to learn to tackle immersing your body in the water. After your first contact with the water, learning to immerse your body up to your chest will help you feel more comfortable and able to tackle walking in water.
If possible, we advise you to wear a floatation or swim belt.
For safety reasons, we also advise you to have someone accompanying you.
We are going to divide this first immersion of the body into three stages: immersion up to the waist, then up to the chest and finally your first steps in the water.
First, you are going to immerse yourself up to your waist. Look for where the pool is at its shallowest, so that the water will not rise higher than your waist
Usually, the depth of the pool is written on a sign or is indicated on the side of the pool. Enter the water using the ladder, facing it as you enter the water
Remain standing to get used to the temperature and feel of the water.
Then, you are going to immerse yourself up your chest. When you feel confident enough, keep one hand on the edge of the pool and bend the legs gradually so that the waters comes up to your chest
Bend down slowly, and then stand up again.
Repeat this exercise, bending down in the water and then standing back up again, about 10 times. If you feel confident enough, try to do this without holding on to the edge of the pool.
Thirdly, first steps in the water. Hold onto the edge of the pool and take little sideways steps moving slowly in the water along the side. Then return to the shallow water.
Then repeat the exercise, holding the side with only one hand and facing forwards.
When you feel confident enough, walk around in the pool without holding on to the edge. You can use a pool float, or noodle, to help you, holding it in front of you with both hands.
If you can, try and go where the water is deeper. Stop when the water reaches your chest. Finally, do this last step without the foam float.
To immerse your body in water, remember these three steps, immersion up to your waist, then up to your chest and finally your first steps in the water.