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The little 3-year old granddaughter has been coming over on weekends and we spend a couple of hours at the pool each day.

Some people seem to be amazed that I can float on my back motionless. Just lay back and, if the water were calm, I could take a nap. I thought everybody could do that.

Now the one that really amazes them is when I float (or maybe it’s bob) in 12’ of water with my body vertical, relaxed and motionless but my head stays above the water. I don’t have to tread water. Many have seen me do it but have tried to do it and failed. I didn’t think it was unusual. Can anybody else do it?
 

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Flotation has to do with lung capacity, and body composition.

Large persons normally float fairly well, as do really skinny people, but muscular people tend to sink like a rock.

Kids float pretty good too.
Whats fun is trying to teach kids to float on their back in swimming lessons, and demonstrating it..

9times out of 10.. its alright.. but you always get that one perceptive kid who says... 'HEY YOUR CHEATING! YOUVE GOT ONE HAND ON THE BOTTOM!'
 

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Re: floating

Yep! I'm one of those that always sinks like a rock, except when I've been swimming in the Gulf of Mexico.

I understand it's because there's a high salt content there....either that, or alot of people peed in the water...nasty taste!/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shocked.gif
 

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Re: floating

Taz -- He He - As you've been accused of before here -- it's all that hot air!

No offense intented, but I couldn't let it slip by.
 

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Re: floating

Ahh, but do you have the tin hat on Taz? /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

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Sometimes it floats, sometimes it sinks, and sometimes it leaves a mark on its way down.....

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I could always swim like a fish but can't float for beans. While I can to some degree it's less work for me to swim to keep afloat than it is to "try" and float.
 

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Yes I float. The only one in my family. Got a low mark (but passed) in my College swim class. I guess the instructor had pity on me when he realized that no matter how hard I tried swimming under the water it just wasn't going to happen.
 

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My dad can float like that and he has very little body fat.

And thanks, Jim. Now the night terrors will return!
 

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never coould, always pissed me off that I couldn't but others could.

My Step Dad was telling me how you can float almost literally On top of the water in the Dead Sea. Extremely high Slat content I think is what contributes to it.
 

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never coould, always pissed me off that I couldn't but others could.

My Step Dad was telling me how you can float almost literally On top of the water in the Dead Sea. Extremely high Slat content I think is what contributes to it.

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Next time your in Utah, go to The Great Salt Lake. It's not quite as heavily laden with mineral as is the Dead Sea, but it's a close second.

 

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as previously mentioned....body fat and lung capacity make the difference.

i sink like a rock.....even with a full breath....my body fat sits around 11% last measured....im a skinney lil bastard /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

the advantage is that i never really needed weight belts when i took a scuba class!
 

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But Greg I'm a fat SOB and full of hot air. Why can't I float like a cloud?.............
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But Greg I'm a fat SOB and full of hot air. Why can't I float like a cloud?.............
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im just taking a stab here, as i'm certainly no expert....but muslce, bone, and other tissue density all have something to do with.....so I guess what I'm try to say is that you might be dense! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif
 

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Barely. I went swimming in a quarry once. Seeing that it was 100+ foot deep ...I finally realized how people can "tire" and drown. I'm heavy ..but I've got way too much muscle mass and heavy bone structure. I can maybe ...maybe .. keep my face above water. I can't "stand" in the water motionless. My legs want to float. When coming up from the bottom of a pool ..I do "rise" ..but once I break the surface my face is struggling to stay out of the water. If it was rough seas or something ..without a life jacket ...I'm gone. Now my wife /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif ...like a blowup raft. Toes out of the water and all.
 
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