All human shapes, sizes and ages are able to float.

But not all can.

I was surprised to discover that it doesn’t come naturally. It appeared to be even more difficult for young children who physically and instinctively contracted from doing so.

Men are less able to float naturally than women due to muscle tone, bone density and body fat differences, which we distinguish as ‘floaters’ and ‘sinckers’.

Floating is also the result of being able to relax and let go. Breathing is an essential part of the process that adds to one’s buoyancy or not. Trust and self confidence come into play too.

The more you let go the more you float.

Fear, however, automatically tightens one’s breathing and muscles which instantly affects flotation. As simple or as naturally as it may come to some, floating is an incredibly powerful tool for becoming self aware on all levels.

Apart from the obvious skill of learning how to swim and even as a safety precaution in water, learning to float is a playful challenge in becoming free and independent human beings.

Floating is an essential element to feeling free, independent and #WaterHappy

Try it out for yourself and see what you discover!