Majority of beginners, who do not have much knowledge of swimming, will think that they will start to sink once their feet leave the ground. The truth is that water is more than capable of supporting our bodies. Therefore, it is very easy for us to float without moving our limbs as long as we continue to hold air in our lungs.

Here are the steps to do a mushroom float:

1. Stand in the shallow end of the pool.

2. Breathe in and hold your breath.

3. Submerge yourself into the water.

4. Roll up into a ball, bring your knees to your chest and hold them with your hands.

5. If you need to breathe, unroll and stand again.

Here’s a video to give you a rough idea on how your body should look like:


Do take note that when you actually follow the steps correctly, you will notice that your head submerges into the water, but you will also float closer to the water surface. If you would like to test out sinking back down, all you have to do is exhale while being rolled up. You will realise that you start to sink due to your lungs getting emptied. This shows us that your lungs serves as the buoys of your body.

This is a great experiment and exercise not just for beginners, but for those who are trying to overcome their fear of water. This will enable you to realise that even though your feet are not touching the ground, you will still be able to float up to the surface effortlessly. By doing so, hopefully it does helps to increase your confidence in the water.

If you’re unable to experiment and learn on your own, why not get some assistance from our certified instructors? We offer various kind of swimming lessons for all ages! All you have to do is to visit our website at, choose your preferred type of class, fill up the registration form and await a call back from our coordinators. By attending our lessons, you will definitely be able to learn more than just the mushroom float and build even more confidence in the water. We are definitely looking forward to seeing you at the pool!