Getting to dive without covering your nose is very easy! You just need to learn to be more confident and train in a pool, bathtub or even shallower basin. Make it a habit to release bubbles through your nostrils while submerged and to control your breathing so as not to inhale water. Otherwise, read the simple tips in this article and everything will get better!
Method 1 of 2: Getting used to water
Step 1. Train in a bathtub, basin, or wading pool
You can start to get used to the idea of diving without holding your nose by using a shallower body of water, such as a smaller pool - or, if you have access, a bathtub or basin.
That shallow part of the pool, made for kids, is also a nice place to train
the advantage of working out in a bathtub or basin is comfort, as you can heat the water.
Step 2. Place your hands over your nose and mouth and exhale
You need to learn to control the flow of air through your nostrils so that you don't accidentally inhale water. To do this, place your hands over your nose and mouth, take a deep breath and exhale through your nostrils.
Do this exhalation exercise two or three times for ten seconds each
Step 3. Place your hands in the water and exhale through your nose
Once you get used to controlling the flow of air through your nostrils, start training with your face in the air. Lower your hands (in the same position) into the water, take a deep breath and lower your head. Then exhale through your nose and feel the bubbles against your skin.
- Repeat this process until you get used to submerging your nose.
- Exhale for ten seconds the first time; in the following ones, increase this time to 15 or 20 seconds each.
Step 4. Lower your hands 5 cm into the water and exhale
When you get a little more used to dipping your nose, dip your hands lightly into the water and repeat that process: take a deep breath, dip your face in, and exhale until you feel the air coming out of your nostrils.
- You will get more and more comfortable with this exercise!
- Repeat the exercise a few times, always trying to exhale for longer periods.
Step 5. Immerse your entire head and exhale through your nose
Try to dip your entire head without using your hands when you get more used to it. Take a deep breath, lower your head and exhale through your nostrils.
Exhale for longer and longer periods each time you dip your head
Step 6. Keep your head submerged without exhaling for ten seconds
Hold a little air in your nose so as not to inhale water. Ready! You'll be able to dive without blocking your nostrils when you can stay that way without exhaling. Dig your head deeper when you think you're more skillful, starting with ten-second periods.
- Try to keep your head submerged for longer and longer periods.
- You can even swim for a while if there's room!
Method 2 of 2: Training in a Pool for Real
Step 1. Hold on to the poolside
You can start to get used to diving without holding your nose at the edge of the pool, where it's safer, more comfortable and more relaxed.
Choose a spot in the pool where you can stand
Step 2. Dip your head and bubble for ten seconds
Take a deep breath and lower your head into the water. Then exhale only through your nose and try to make bubbles - so the liquid doesn't enter your nostrils.
Repeat this exercise several times, trying to exhale with less and less force (which increases your control)
if you get nervous about dipping your entire head, lower it only to eye level. Then start sinking your face in little by little.
Step 3. Get used to dipping your head without exhaling through your nose
Once you get used to having your head submerged and controlling your breathing better, make it a habit to stay submerged without blowing bubbles through your nostrils. Take a deep breath, hold on to the pool wall, lower your body and count ten seconds.
Do this a few times, trying to increase the dive time with each rep
Step 4. Loosen up from the poolside and swim for a while
When you can better control your breathing without accidentally inhaling water, dip your entire head and let go of the poolside. Swim for a bit and only come back to the surface when you need air.