This week was about swimming. The ways I can protect myself and be safe while swimming.

I also learned about the three different strokes which are freestyle, breast stroke and backstroke.

Drowning can happen to anyone, even the rescuer. Dawson Trotman drowned at Schroon Lack while rescuing a young girl in the water. Air force Pararescue Jumpers or PJ’s are the Highest trained lifesavers. Their motto is “That Others may Live”. They can perform HALO drop. HALO stands for

High, Altitude, Low, Opening.

According to the Center for Disease Control drowning is the number one cause of death for children 1-4 years old. Drowning is the second leading death for children ages 5-14 years old and is the 5th for 15 and older. More males drown than females but that is because males take more risks. The reasons why some people drown is because of lack of supervision, no lifeguard present, parents not paying attention, bad judgment, drinking while boating, no personnel flotation device (PFDs), medical problems, neck or spinal injuries, heart attack or stroke or lack of swimming skills. You need to swim in a safe area where you know the clarity, depth, and movement. Look out authority must be at least 21 years old with proficient swimming skills. W hen swimming verify your fitness level. Always use the buddy system.

Treading water is staying in position above water’s surface. You tread water with your hands you scull the water back and forth, with your legs you want to kick or turn, and your feet you want to push water with bottom of feet. Marin soldiers have to tread water with their uniforms and boots on. They also have their guns with them. This is all apart of their water survival training. Treading water is not always necessary in the dead sea because of salt in the water.

Freestyle is the fastest stroke. Your head is supported by water. Your arms provide majority motion. Flutter kick under surface of the water. Exhaustion is a sign of bad form or that you are getting a good workout in. Breaststroke is a long distance stroke. Your legs provide the power. Your arms are in a glide position as legs whip kick. Your head is raised above the surface of the water by the legs. Backstroke is good for conserving energy. You float on your back and push the water toward feet with hands. You also use flutter kick.

I do a lot of swimming on the swim team. We sometimes have to tread water while holding a five to ten pound weight above our heads. It is hard but it helps us become stronger and better swimmers. We also have to learn how to dive in 4ft water safely. We practice in 12ft water for the people who dive down too deep. We also do four different strokes, freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, and one that we call butterfly. Butterfly is where you kick your legs together up and down and your arms do a circle.

Swimming can be just for fun, but it can also be to help other people.

When swimming take the right precautions and not too many risks.


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