Posted in Swimming Benefits

5 Health Benefits: Why Cold Swimming is Good For You

It is getting close to winters and I am feeling excited with the thoughts of outdoor cold water swimming. I agree that jumping into cold water during winters may seem an insane act. Also, cold water swimming in winters will be a tough idea for most of us. But the benefits that result from cold swimming would surely out-weigh these fears and would make you a healthier human being. If you wish to be more active, stay healthy and lose weight, you must think about taking a dip in the cold water swimming pool in winters. It is an established fact that people with regular cold swimming practice have better life expectancy and better quality of life.

Here is the list of health benefits from cold water swimming:

1. Improves the Immune System
Effects of cold swimming on body immune system are widely studied. Scientists in England found that taking regular one hour swimming in cold water improved the white blood cells count significantly. Over time, the body’s defenses are strengthened and people taking cold swimming regularly become less prone to sickness.

2. It Burns More Calories
We all know that swimming is a great exercise to reduce body weight. In cold water swimming, our body has to work harder to keep everything warm by boosting blood circulation and thereby burning more calories. It is one major reason that most of the cold water swimmers are in great thin shape.

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3. Helps To Reduce Stress
In the present competitive world, stress is increasingly common. Swimming is known to be a good sport or exercise to relieve stress. Many studies have also shown that cold water is helpful in stress reduction. So next time you find yourself in stressful times, just try a cold water swim. Cold bathing and swimming will certainly produce calming effect and improve your mental state.

4. Increases Libido and Fertility
It is an established fact that cold water increases libido. Studies have also shown that cold water swimming boosts secretion of sex hormones in both men and women. An improved fertility is, therefore, a natural consequence of increased libido and increased production of sex hormones.

5. It Improves Skin Health
We know that cold water swimming increases blood circulation in the body. Besides keeping the body warmer, it also helps to flush out toxins and improves the skin tone and skin health.

Swimming in cold water is a matter of personal preference. No one should force you to do cold water swimming in winters. However, if you like swim in cold water, GO FOR IT.

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Posted in Private Swim Lessons, Swimming Benefits

Private Swim Instructor

Teaching a child to swim is not the easiest thing to do. Some things are better left to the professionals. Swimming lessons are one of those. Accidental drowning is more common than people think. Children are inquistive, and water is fascinating and beautiful, and so naturally they are attracted to it. Learning how to swim at a young age can help prevent accidental drowning.

Having private lessons to learn how to swim ensures that the child has the undivided attention of the teacher, and what child doesn’t like to have all the attention focused on them. There are a variety of things that are taught during swim lessons that many parents cannot do, such as teach them how to swim if they fall into a pool fully clothed, which is extremely important, as accidents do happen.

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Being involved in private swim lessons also accelerates the learning process. Learning to float is not as easy as it looks, and a personal instructor is a key element to learning it quickly. Floating is extremely important for young swimmers to learn.

Learning how to swim fully clothed is extremely difficult, even for the most experienced swimmer.  By learning it a young age, the child can practice more at it as they get older. Falling in a pool fully dressed weighs the body down, and makes it difficult to stay afloat.

Posted in Swimming Benefits

Where Baby Swimming Journey Begins!

Hi Bloggers

Before I start writing my Today’s post, let me briefly introduce myself. I am Ginny (Flahive) Ferguson, swimming expert, owner & founder at Watersafe Swim School in Seal Beach and Los Alamitos.

I love … swimming, blog writing, dancing, cooking and especially babies.

There are a lot of things in our life that we should never take for granted. But more importantly are the relationships that we should treasure and value with everything we have. I feel extremely blessed to have sweet relationship with my parents and with my cute baby swimmers.

I grew up with my parents who were very good swimmers that is why I am too. Parents invariably do everything to keep their children safe and healthy because child is the most precious gift in life. Blessed are those parents who understand the importance of baby swimming. My salutations to Terra and Joe, the celebrities from “Little Women: Terra’s Little Family” reality show; as they visited Watersafe Swim School to promote their daughter’s album.

I believe that 2016 is my lucky year because I’ve got good news right from the beginning and I plan to accomplish many goals this year. Today, I want to share most precious moments through videos with my great baby swimmers.

I have conviction that swimming is the most famous fun sport amongst children and most kids can’t wait to jump in to the pool when they see it. Plus, it provides great opportunity to build strong bonds with babies. Just follow our baby swimming tips and lessons.

January 2016: 2 Month Old Infant First Swim Journey Video

This journey was 30 minutes long and ended with a short video summary. I am describing “Submersion” while teaching the infant to swim. I believe that baby should never be submerged because they should always initiate submersion themselves.

April 2016, “My Cute Darling Fiona figures it out !”

Happiest Day in My Life: On April 08, 2016; my cute angel Fiona finally figured out how to swim back float and she learned to swim without any tears. At that time, I was so happy because teaching kids how to swim is not easy.  Kids take time to learn new things and we have to be patient and give them sufficient time.

Actually Fiona has spent many hours hanging out floating like her friend in the video. She loves swimming so much. Please watch the video below:

I and my expert staff are blessed to have nurtured great baby swimmers in the Watersafe Swim School. Our little swimmers can now swim fearlessly and have fun in the water pool. Our experts make swim lessons with focus on parenting world and it just makes me happy to watch my cute little angels play in the pool.

Thank you for stopping by – I hope you loved reading this blog as much as I enjoyed writing it. Just keep one thing in mind. It is never too early or too late to start swimming.

Posted in Freestyle Swimming Stroke

Easy Breathing Tips To Improve Freestyle Swimming Stroke

Many swimmers face problem with their swimming strokes without realizing that their breathing is the cause for the problem. To master the breathing technique and prevent injuries while swimming freestyle, this blog has some great tips for you.

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Tip 1 – Focus on Your Exhalation Not Inhalation
Many swimmers don’t exhale properly when under water. Exhalation should be twice as long as your inhalation. With this little technique, you’ll enjoy your swimming more and freestyle stroke will benefit greatly.

Tip 2 – When you’re not breathing, keep your head still
Garrett McCaffrey said, “Imagine you are a whale, there is a blowhole on your neck, and you need this hole exposed at all times so you can breathe or you will die. If your neck is angled you will close this hole and you cannot breathe. You need to position your head in such a way that your neck is always at the right angle.” Keeping the head still will help to gain propulsion and efficiency in every swimming stroke.

Tip 3 – Don’t over rotate your body
If you rotate your head too far, then you should remember that your entire body is rotating with it. This is not good because your leg might be kicking near the surface of the water rendering it pretty much useless. Also, your arm dives too deep, making it heavier to lift out of the water again.

Tip 4 – Relax your body
Believe it or not, being tense while swimming stroke is probably major problem many swimmers face. Before swimming you should relax your body to improve your breathing technique while swimming.

Tip 5 – Don’t panic if you breathe in water
If you gulp in water, shape your tongue as if you’re pronouncing the letter K and it keeps the water from going down your throat. Even the greatest swimmers breathe in water from time to time.

Tip 6 – Breathe bilaterally
It is an effective and best way to keep swimming stroke technique symmetrical. Bilateral breathing is most important because it can help prevent shoulder injuries and improve freestyle swimming stroke technique. Bilateral is particularly helpful for developing good body roll to both sides since you need to rotate well to breathe.

We welcome swimmers of all ages & abilities. Here on our blog, you’ll find information about our latest news and swimming tips. Thank you for visiting our blog and we hope you found it useful.

Please do not hesitate to contact us (562) 596-8608) to learn to swim in Seal Beach, Los Alamitos.

Posted in Front Crawl Stroke

Helpful Tips To Improve First Crawl Swimming Stroke (Freestyle Swimming)

What are Swimming Strokes?
Swimming strokes are methods of moving the arms and legs in the water so as to propel the body forward. There are four basic swimming strokes used in training and competitive swimming:

1. Freestyle (Front Crawl) Stroke
2. Backstroke
3. Breaststroke
4. Butterfly Stroke

The freestyle (front crawl) and backstroke are relatively easier to learn than the breaststroke and butterfly stroke. To be faster and more efficient in the swimming pool, you need to improve your freestyle stroke or front crawl, which is also known as “American Crawl” or “Australian Crawl”. This is the easiest stroke for beginners to learn.

Here are some important tips to improve your freestyle stroke technique for a faster swim.

Body Position:

The body should be flat from head to toe, and parallel with the water surface.

Try to keep the legs as straight as possible. If your legs or body are lower than the water surface, it will slow down the forward motion.

Try to keep your stomach flat and leveled to support your lower back.

Head Position:

With eyes looking forward and down, your head should be in line with the body and the water level should come between your eyebrows and hairline.

Try to keep your head and spine as still and relaxed as possible. Instead, rotate your hips and shoulders to generate momentum through the water.

Your head should only join the rotation when you want to breathe.

The Leg Kick:

The kick should start from the hips, not the knees. Think of the way a dolphin moves its tail in the water.

For a perfect front crawl leg kick, try to keep the feet and ankles as loose and relaxed as possible.

Make sure you do not kick from the knees, which is a common mistake with the beginners and this will only break the rhythm and slows you down.

Arms: Keep your elbow slightly bent as you reach your hand in front of your body to enter the water.

Ankles: The ankles should be floppy, not rigid during the leg kick. Experts feel that flexed and stiff feet can rather cause you to move backwards.

Breathing:
Turn your head sideways out of the water to inhale; always exhale into the water.

Try not to lift your head too much out of the water – the more your head is raised, the more your feet and legs will sink in the water.

After a sharp inhale, turn your face quickly and smoothly back into the water in time with the rotation of your shoulders.

Timing: Good timing is everything. It helps you to maintain a streamlined position, maximize the distance you can cover per stroke and creates the time to breathe without being rushed.

Come Watersafe Swim School and join Swimming Lessons to improve your swimming.

Posted in Swimming Benefits

Health Benefits Why Swimming is Great Exercise?

Thank you for making Watersafe Swim School a part in community development by providing highest quality swimming lessons to your children! Our goal is to see your child swim and grow into a champion.

We are sure that you will enjoy our blog post where your feedback, suggestions, and comments will be treated in highest esteem.

Why Swimming is a Great Exercise?

Swimming is the best full-body workout. This is one exercise that does basically everything, from toning the body core to speeding up the entire body metabolism. Undoubtedly, swimming is an effective lifelong safe exercise to stay healthy and fit, irrespective of your age. Its benefits are immense like:
1. A total-body workout
2. Safe for body joints
3. No fancy equipments required
4. Great way to burn calories
5. An ultimate aerobic activity to maximizes your cardio
6. All fun and refreshing

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Some important health benefits of Swimming:

Swimming Helps To Reduce Weight: It is best exercise to burn calories and helps reduce your body weight. On an average, 10 minutes of swimming can burn 60 calories with the breaststroke, 80 calories with the backstroke, 100 calories with freestyle, and an impressive 150 with the butterfly stroke.

Great Exercise to Increase Muscle Strength:  A great exercise to improve your muscular flexibility and strength.

Swimming Improves Flexibility: Once you have learnt different swimming strokes like backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle stroke and butterfly stroke that you realize that swimming has given you total body flexibility.

Stress Free: Swimming is a meditative exercise and invariably evokes a relaxation response from the body. It therefore helps manage stress, anxiety and even depression.

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Helps to Reduce Disease Risks: Swimming helps maintain your blood sugar level and your blood pressure. It also helps to reduce bad cholesterol in blood.

While swimming underwater, the oxygen is at a premium. So you tend to breathe deeply and inhale more fresh air with every breath. This can improve your lungs-volume and is also beneficial to asthmatic people.

Come and join swim classes to a joyous world called swimming. Why wait, take a deep breath and dive in!