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How to Do an Underwater Somersault

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Intro: Once you have basic swimming skills, it's time to start trying the fun stuff. Spinning, or doing a somersault underwater can be lots of fun.

Things you'll need: swim suit water goggles (optional) 

If you have trouble with water up your nose, read my article on stopping water going up your nose while swimming. There should be a link on this page.

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Get in the water. The water should be deep enough that it at least comes up to your arm pits when you stand up.

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Take a deep breath.

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Bend your knees and bring them in to your chest. Roll yourself into a tight ball.

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Hold your arms out straight over your head with your fingers together.

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Rotate both arms as far as they will go with your palms facing out, and your thumbs on the same side of your head as your nose.

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Move your arms at the same time to trace the largest possible circle. Your hands should go behind your back first.

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To come up, straighten out your body and swim for the surface.

Tips & Warnings

This can be a little easier to do with a running start. Get a little speed up, and then curl into the ball.

Blow out slowly through your nose while you're under water.

Make sure you take a really big breath.






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