Water up your nose? Quick easy fix. Freestyle swimming breathing.
- Published on Sep 7, 2018
- I have been analyzing why water enters our nose. I had to take a video and slow it down to figure it out so I could give you an easy solution and I finally got it!
But first we need to understand why water enters your nose and why it is so painful.
Water doesn’t enter your nose when you are facing down, that is if you don’t inhale. This is because there is air that won’t let is pass. But when you move your head to breath, in that little space of time when your head is sideways but not out of the water yet, those bubbles escape your nose and they go to the surface and water goes into your nose. The same thing can happen when you con back from taking a breath to put your face back in the water.
It is painful because inside your nose there are a lot of nerve endings, it is warm and because it is a salty environment. The water of the pool is cold and not salty. That is why it hurts but how come more experienced swimmers don’t get water up their noses while swimming? Sometimes we do, but the main reason is that we are so used to our nose being around water that we have an immediate reflex of blowing bubbles out.
So how can you, a beginner, start developing that reflex without pain? It is simple! Start practicing with a nose clip. Water will not enter your nose, you will start learning how to breathe through your mouth and since your mouth is more accustomed to being around water, you will intake less water or maybe nothing at all.
Before you start thinking, “but hey! I already look ridiculous enough with the swim cap and goggles, I don’t need a nose clip!” You are right. But even to best Olympic swimmers use it too! So you are in great company!
They Usually use it for backstroke for another reason that we will go over in another video.
Once you get used to breathing through your mouth, you can start doing drills without the nose clip like these. Click here to watch a video about this in more detail.
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