Surrender (and bubbles)
Today’s student was the 28-year old with no swim experience. She mastered the front float and then the back (relaxing to the point where I thought she’d fall asleep). When I asked her to flip from one to the other, I realized the importance of surrender. Her hesitation would cause water up the nose and often an attempt to stand rather than complete the exercise. Students need to understand that the pool water has one role, to support you. You can be sure that if you hold our breath and relax your body, you WILL float to the top.
And blowing bubbles out of your nose is an important skill to master. It’s one of the first skills taught in a toddler class.