Brent Hayden drills
Float Laying – free & back
While standing outside the water, put your hands on the outside of the lowest ribs. Fill your tummy and lower back with air. Keep your ribs “expanded” while you slowly exhale. Make sure to not let your ribs collapse the moment you begin exhaling. See how long they can remain expanded while you breath out.
Fill your tummy and lower back with air and curl into a ball. Make sure your head is tucked in, knees tucked into the chest and your arms are hugging your knees. Hold your breath and watch your self float. When you begin to exhale you will naturally start to sink. To become more aware of your breath control and how it plays a vital role in your body’s natural buoyancy, try to find a space between the bottom and the surface, blow out your air slowly until you find the point of equilibrium where you are no longer rising or sinking. When I was a young swimmer, I used to do this a lot for fun when I didn’t think the coach was looking. Turns out, they were, every time, and I always got in trouble for not listening!
To practice breathing out of your nose, take a breath into your tummy and begin humming as you descend into the water, or put your face into the water and remain humming as your face breaks the surface (so no water enters the airways on the way up).