The best swimming tips & tricks

Tips & tricks

Looking forward to learning how to swim during your next vacation? Check out our tips for sea swimming! From equipment to safety, we've got you covered.


It’s quite possible to master swimming at any age, and the beautiful beaches of the Camping Village Šimuni could be just the right place to start! Dive into our tips and tricks and explore the best ways to enjoy swimming in the sea as a beginner. 

The best swimming tips & tricks for sea swimming

#1 Start with the basics

Learning how to swim is a challenging thing to do at any age. So, don’t pressure yourself to tackle it all at once. For starters, get comfortable about spending time in salty seawater. It will help you to gain confidence for the next steps and improve your swimming abilities. 

#2 Don’t feel rushed to make progress

Remember: it’s a process. You can’t become a master of any skill overnight, and sea swimming is no different. Take your time to figure out what tempo works best for you. Try to push yourself further each time and be aware of the progress you have already made. 

#3 Remember to breathe

Most swimming techniques require your face to be underwater for a significant portion of the time, so it’s crucial to know exactly when to breathe in and out between strokes. Also, it’s best to be aware of how long you can hold your breath while you’re underwater. Controlling your breath is, besides floating, one of the life-saving skills, so take enough time to learn the proper way to do it. Exhale every time you turn your head underwater and pay attention to your heart rate.

#4 Use your arms and legs

For a better sea swimming experience as a novice, you should use your legs rather than your arms. Concentrate more on kicking your legs repeatedly, and utilize your arms in a way that will help you stay afloat. Swimming is an endurance sport where kicking saves you from sinking!

#5 Swim with friends

If you’re feeling hesitant to start, get some company for the encouragement! Friends, family, or a swimming coach can help you tackle the fear of sea water. Surrounding yourself with people who boost your confidence will make your first time swimming in the sea more enjoyable. Also, if you’re feeling insecure about being in the water, knowing you have a buddy who looks out for you will enable you to relax.

#6 Be sure to warm up (and cool down)

Swimming, like any sport, requires some warm-up time. Start by feeling the water and adjusting to the temperature. Then, when you feel like you’re ready, start swimming slowly and then, also slowly, begin to increase your speed. Don’t pay attention to the time; pay attention to your technique and your body’s signals.

#7 Don’t give up!

Having high expectations and feeling self-conscious after your first swim in the sea is normal. It takes some time to get it right, but the most important is not to give up. Set realistic goals and keep practising in the shallow water. It gets better over time!

Swimming tips for beginners to improve your skills and swim faster 

Learning how to swim will enable you to enjoy so many benefits. Swimming will tone your muscles and relieve you from stress. It has great effects on your heart and lungs and improves your health overall. And, besides all the health benefits, it’s a fun thing to do! If you’re just learning how to swim, following these tips will improve your skills and help you swim faster. 

Try different swimming techniques

For a beginner, the first thing on the list should be to learn freestyle swimming. Then, you can try out some other techniques to figure out what works best for you. Breaststroke, backstroke, and butterfly are some of the most common styles. You may feel most at ease with the first one since it requires you to keep your head out of the water. Butterfly has the reputation of being the hardest, and freestyle is known as the most efficient technique. 

Use various swimming equipment

Flotation devices and buoyancy aids are the most popular methods for assisting non-swimmers in developing confidence in the water. They are not a necessity but can make the whole experience more enjoyable. Besides floating equipment, you can try using swimming goggles for clearer underwater vision and flippers if you want to swim faster.

Practice, practice, practice!

Learning is challenging and takes time, but you’ll get better each time you practice. Pay attention to coordination even if your movements appear ineffective at first. If you move slowly and precisely, you will improve more quickly. Swimming may be a tough sport but it’s a rewarding one. Once you master it, you’ll be able to enjoy the crystal clear Adriatic sea in a whole new way.

We’re sure you’ll find our tips helpful, but the best way to test them is to visit us at Camping Village Šimuni and see for yourself! Contact us to book your next vacation and make your first swimming strokes on the beautiful Croatian coastline.