Why do students need to learn to float before they swim?
Learning to float is learning to swim and is of utmost important for two reasons. First, it gives the child the ability to self-rescue in the event they fall into the pool or body of water. The second reason, which pertains more to the ability to swim, is that floating demonstrates an understanding of buoyancy and ability to control how to stay on the surface of the water. Controlling buoyancy is essential to learning to swim independently and efficiently, as all swimming really is, is using the arms and legs to propel oneself through the water while floating. Without the ability to float, controlled and sustained independent swimming is impossible and students will always rely on having the bottom to stand on, a person to hold them, a floatation device, or a wall to hold onto, to stay safe in the pool.