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    This is the official underwater tricks thread! Share underwater tricks, techniques, ideas, tips, ect! Find out about bubble kisses, bubble rings, flips, ect!


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    Underwater Tricks?

    So recently I went to the pool to begin practicing my monofin swimming (I'm hoping to get good enough and be a strong enough swimmer that my parental units will let me go out into the ocean). Anywho, I was practicing doing some underwater tricks, and I really couldn't think of many. I mean I did two different kinds of back flips...one in a really tight circle, one in a wide arch that kinda looked like a C, some barrel rolls, swimming on my back, etc. I'm also working on how to blow those bubble rings underwater and such. But I was wondering if there were any other moves or tricks that people could think of to make the swimming more interesting. Also being able to do a back flip without having to blow out my nose a lot would be helpful! What do you all do, or what else can you think of?

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    Here are some of the tricks I do~

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjdHVyPYb0Y&feature=channel_video_title

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    don't blow bubble from my nose. It takes a bit of practice and the tolerance of the sting from the water, but you get used to it ;D

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    Quote Originally Posted by MermaidAiera View Post
    Here are some of the tricks I do~

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjdHVyPYb0Y&feature=channel_video_title

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    don't blow bubble from my nose. It takes a bit of practice and the tolerance of the sting from the water, but you get used to it ;D

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    Here's a beluga whale who can blow heart shaped bubble rings!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winged Mermaid View Post
    YOU GUYS, I NEED TO LEARN TO DO THIS! *shock amazement and awe* Any ideas?

    The rocks get knocked over simply by being literally pushed by moving water. When you form the rings, they are air/bubbles, but they are also forming a vortex of moving water which can be used to displace things in the environment

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    I've been obsessed with the horizontal ring for the last couple of days... I FINALLY was able to make one today! You don't hear that "thump" like you do when making bubble rings the other way... I also found that it takes a lot less air (at least for me) than you think. The most important thing is that you have to be SUPER still when you do it, and keep your fists closed during the entire motion!

    Hopefully this helps!

    Here is another video.. He does the process of closing/placing the fists pretty slowly so you can see... and also shows you another way to position your hands.
    In both videos the men used their fists.... why? do you need them? What purpose do they serve? The only thing I can think of is the movement of you pulling your fists out and away helps get the water moving in the vortex you need once the air leaves your mouth.
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    Bubble rings

    How do you make a bubble ring? I have no clue.
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    Step one is to either be able to plug your nose while floating on your back underwater with out your hands getting in the way of your mouth, get a nose clip, or be able to completely close you soft palette.

    Practice just blowing a single bubble at a time.

    Once that's down try to keep the air at the back of your throat. The closest I can think to describe it is to try and make a THUP sound underwater and sticking out your tongue. There was a really good video of a fellow mer, it was a close up of her doing it over and over again.... really help show what movements to make and how to stick out your tongue.... If I can find it I'll post it for you.

    Really though it just takes practice and figuring out what works and what doesn't. Once you get it thought you'll realize how simple it is, it's got a bit of a learning curve though as it's more of a feel then an explainable skill.

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    star taught me in Florida, and bubble hearts!

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    It seems like you'd have to push out the air pretty hard/fast
    The videos I did see though, yea, they had their tongue pretty visible in the center of their mouth.

    I'd like to learn how to do that :'P
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    I think there are a few techniques. There is one way that I was able to do it successfully that seemed pretty easy. Like all methods, you have to be lying on your back, in still water, and you can't be kicking or moving around. In this case, I was in a swimming pool with a scuba tank, and I would get a breath of air, and then blow out one big puff. Not a long one ("PUHHhhhhhhh"), but a short puff ("PUH!"). Try saying "puh!" with some emphasis. Now turn it into an onomatopoeia instead of a word. It doesn't have to be really powerful, especially because you don't want to move or jolt when you expel the air.

    Basically, that's it. The tongue isn't really involved. All it requires is lying still and being level in very still water, and expelling a puff of air, while trying to keep your lips round. If you do a few, and you'll see that the air forms a ring of bubbles on its own, so all of the technique is just refining subtle things in timing and lip shape so that the air comes out as one even torus, and maintains its shape while it ascends. I've heard of other methods that may be superior in size, or stability, but this one seems easiest to me, since its the only one I've gotten to work.

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    You can do the pow method or with your tongue. With your tongue, you place your tongue between your lips. Puff up your cheeks and build a little pressure. and then pull your tongue back to let a small burst of air out and then replace it immediately back between your lips. The air should spin and become a ring as it travels upward.

    The pow method, build up some pressure in your mouth (not in your cheeks though). Let out a quick burst of air while mouthing the word "pow". Make sure your lips close all the way.

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    I did a little verbal explanation of bubble rings, for fun because I tried it for the first time today and what not


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    I can't wait to try. I asked a few people who can blow smoke rings and all of them go "puh" and kinda pop their lips. But I have yet to try in the water. One question, do you have to be on your back?
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    That's exactly how I do it underwater! I think it helps to be on your back, but I've never tried it any other way. Normally I lay on the pool bottom and look up at the surface, hold my nose and make the "pa" sounds. And then get very giddy for succeeding.

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    Hey all,
    I found some great videos from AquaMermaid on some Mermaid tricks you can try in the water. I have tried most of them and it was a lot of fun! The tricks involving the pin drop I found the hardest because I always float up but I found if I breathe out a little as I sink I can stay under the water!

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    yeah you do.. other wise bubble might get messed up from hitting your body..

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    I've tried to get the bubbles when you "blow a kiss" underwater, but it just doesn't work right. You know, like the bubble hearts like Mermaid Melissa does frequently. Is that what you meant, AniaR? How do you do those?!?!

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    I just started going to the pool and got some bubble rings going
    To be honest I didn't think it was that hard, the difficult part is understanding how to do them.
    But after you get it, it's like "OH, I geeettt ittt "
    My only problem is that I have a tendency to flip upside down when I lay on the bottom of the pool <:'D
    And as far as bubble hearts go, I just quickly blow air out of my mouth and into my hands and then make the shape of a heart with them.

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