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Monday, February 25, 2013

Learn Swimming in Australian Summer

Hi, Friends, how have you been?  I enjoyed swimming at Narrabeen in a storm! I sketched a wild sea from my car. This post is a "private swimming lesson" for you. Friends, show off your beautiful swimming to your friends and family next/this summer?! I've learned swimming all on my own. Friends, have confidence! 
 

First, be a jelly fish. Don't get panic. Lungs are natural air bags and tubes. We'll float. Tips are "keep your back straight like lying on a ground" and "relax yourself. Let hands and legs down in water." In salt water, it's much easier to float than an inside pool. Whilst floating, look up birds and clouds in a beautiful blue sky.

OK, a next step is to move hands or legs whilst floating. That's all what needed for swimming. See? You can swim! Then, choose a favorite style from below.

1) Back strokes = Sunny Side Up Free Style
Easy! After floating, move hands like a wind mill and kick water. No need to worry about breath taking.
In my understanding, "reversed back strokes = free style."

2) Dog Paddle
Stay still in water. Stand there and trust in your lungs. Slowly, float with a head up. Don't get panic. Remember, you'll never sink. In my experience, water might come up to the nose, but it never went up to the head or top. If you're not confident, look at a dog and any animal. It does swim naturally and very well. 

After floating, move hands and legs vertical! That's all! I used to do it for 50m to enhance leg muscles.
A bit like a "dog's life," as that style lacks elegance, in my opinion(excuse me, doggies. I love you all!). Well, after mastering dog paddle swimming, do you feel like challenging sophisticated skills? Try breast strokes.

3) Frog Style = Breast Strokes
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Move hands and legs horizontal" like a frog, not vertical like a dog. Closely look at frogs. They are the masters!

4) Free Style = Reversed Back Strokes
Free style took me more time to master than any other styles. Breathing is tricky.
I often failed it at the beginning of learning. Then, I tried to look up or look back a blue sky and took a breath quickly. Wow, it worked! I made it! Got the feeling?
I ob
served each person's swimming. An individual has a different pattern to take a breath. Find a favorite side to turn up a face and make your own rhythm and tempo. "Count number" is a good idea. And repeat it.
Now, a free style is yours.

"Swim straight" was another problem of mastering a free style in an ocean pool. Many people have the same issue. Unfortunately, a rock bath does not have lines at the bottom. Swimmers tend to choose the first or the last lanes and avoid clashing in middle lanes despite a plenty of space. There isn't any traffic lights in a pool.
Tadadada~~~!! I found the solution. My solution is "check a pool side wall and remember a distance while swimming." Now, you can swim elegantly and confidently in the middle lane, a lot of space. Please show off your sophisticated free style?! For a long distance swimming,  swim gently and enjoy it! If you have any good suggestions to learn swimming, please let me know. 

Swimming is a wonderful stress buster between work. The ongoing picture book project occupies me most. It requires energy and time. Good illustrator friends and artist friends backup me well. Of course, you're one of them! Thank you for warm cheers.
Have a wonderful week and 
Happy Painting!! 
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24 comments:

  1. Love your artwork - the sea is marvellous.
    the sketches are fantastic and made me smile too. Especially the 'better than me' one :)
    I admire your tenacity in learning and then doing, no matter which subject.
    Good going, Sadami *cheers* xx

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    1. Oh, Pat, thanks!! Hahaha, you, too, are a dog lover. You know my feeling to doggies. Yes, a picture book illustrator draws anyting and everything visible and invisible.
      Cheers, Sadami

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  2. Wow, Sadami, this sea-scape is so beautifully painted, I love it!

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    1. Hi, Blaga, thank you! Yes, come over Sydney! Let's sketch a beautiful sea together. Cheers, Sadami

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  3. Los apuntes deliciosos y una leccion de natación llena de entusiasmo pero... en un mar asi mi pánico es seguro. Abrazos.

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    1. Hola, Tina,
      ¡Gracias! Sí, de ahora en adelante, se puede nadar con confianza! Venido sobre Sydney. Podemos bosquejar y nadar juntos.
      Saludos, Sadami

      Hi, Tina,
      Thank you! Yes, from now on, you can swim confidently!! Come over Sydney. We can sketch and swim together.
      Cheers, Sadami

      >>>Tina said...
      Delicious notes and a swimming lesson full of enthusiasm but... in a sea so my panic is safe. Hugs.

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  4. Love all these water creatures and people! Swimming is a good thing and now a fun thing.

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    1. Hi, Thank you, Teri! Come over Sydney. We can sketch and swim together.
      Cheers, Sadami

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  5. Genial,
    me has echo pasar un buen rato,
    me he divertido muchisimo,
    que tengas un dia muy feliz,
    un abrazo desde España

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    1. Oh, Jose, thank you!
      Yes, come over Sydney. We can sketch and swim together.
      Cheers, Sadami

      Oh, Jose, gracias!
      Sí, venga sobre Sydney. Podemos bosquejar y nadar juntos.
      Saludos, Sadami

      >>>Jose said...
      That's great
      I've echo have a good time,
      I have fun me a lot,
      have a very happy day,
      a hug from Spain

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  6. What a brilliant post both pictures and explanations. The sea is that good that I now feel seasick!

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    1. Hi, Polly, thank u! Very happy to know you enjoyed the post. Hahaha, indeed, many people enjoyed huge waves (too big/dangerous for surfing.) Cheers, Sadami

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  7. Thanks for the delightful swimming lesson Sadami - even though I learnt to swim long ago, I'll remember your tips! Gorgeous sea sketches too!

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    1. Hi, Cathy, Thank you! Ahahaha, you knew my tips. Yeah, swimming is a great fun. Come over Sydney and let's sketch and swim together!
      Kind regards, Sadami

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    2. Hi, Laura, thank you very much! Yes, come over right now and let's swim and sketch together!! Cheers, Sadami

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  8. Wonderful post...The first painting is FANTASTIC, Sadami! So powerful and beautiful...

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    1. Hi, Hilda,
      Thank you so much! Come over Sydney. Let's sketch waves together!!
      Cheers, Sadami

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  9. I love your artwork Sadami! hugs!!

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    1. Mari! Thanks millions, me, too, love your artwork! Hugs!

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  10. Hello Sadami:) Thank you for your tips:) But: what if you feel, like me, very often, feel like a fish on the dry?? Anyway; your waves are so beautiful, very realistic. Take care and have a nice sunday!:)

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    1. Dear Renate,
      You raised a good question that needs a "psychological" approach ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ like the post. The point is, think yourself a finsh in water, not on the ground.
      I swam 1,400m yesterday. Our summer is gone by. You, too, take care and have a wonderful Sunday!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  11. Hi Sadami
    Cute post. Love your pieces as always. Good tips for swimming - I have not a good swimmer. Happy 2013 to you too.

    Evelyn

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    1. Hi, Evelyn,
      Thank you very much! Certainly your message came to me. Let's enjoy swimming!
      Best wishes for you every year and everyday!
      Kind regards, Sadami

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