How to Tread Water Effectively

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Tread Water
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As the CEO and chairman of the Cabot Advisory Group, LLC, Steven M. Darien offers human resources management advice to businesses of all sizes. A fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources, Steven M. Darien brings more than 30 years of experience to his position. In his time away from work, Mr. Darien enjoys staying active by swimming.

One of the first things novice swimmers learn is how to tread water. Treading water can help swimmers conserve energy if something occurs that prevents them from swimming, such as exhaustion or an injury.

To tread water, your body should be vertical, with your head above water. Your torso should remain as still as possible as your arms and legs do the work that keeps you afloat. Maintain a slow and steady breathing rate to conserve energy.

Spread your arms out to the side and move them backward and forward, with your palms pointing in the direction of movement each time. Moving your arms up and down wastes energy and causes you to bob up and down in the water.

Instead of kicking your legs, rotate them in opposite directions like an eggbeater. As one leg rotates outward, the other should be rotating inward. Mastering this technique takes practice but will save a great deal of energy.

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