|Nose clip with lips (front)|
Human Nose Clip TechniqueThe first and the best human nose clip technique utilizes your upper lip to plug the two nostrils on the bottom of your nose. Beware though, your upper lip cannot curl up by itself. If you only concentrate on moving your upper lip up towards the nostrils, it will not work. You will first need to use the bottom jaw (mandible) to achieve the desired human nose clip grimace. Find yourself a mirror, ideally somewhere in private. Watching your mouth in the mirror, move the lower jaw slightly forward as if you want to create an underbite where your lower teeth are in front of your upper set of teeth. Beware of moving your entire neck though. Just move your lower jaw slightly forward and keep your head and neck stationary. When your lower jaw is moved forward, then put your lips together in a puckered position as if you would like to kiss someone (in other words, you push with your lower lip up). For you naughty ones, no french kissing here :), keep your mouth shut. You will notice that if you keep the lower jaw forward, you cannot kiss someone in front of you, but your lips will start bending toward your nose a little as if you'd like to land a big fat kiss to the tip of your nose. Of course, this is a bit of an exaggeration as this is for most of us impossible to do, so better way to describe it is that you will notice your upper lip touching or being quite close to the nostrils. Check out the two nose plugging images on this page to visualize what it looks like (it ain't pretty, but it does the job :)).
|Nose clip with lips (profile)|
Fill the Nose TechniqueUnfortunately, some of us have very small lips and maybe even small noses, so there is no way for the upper lip to reach the bottom of the nose to plug it up properly. If you are one of these unlucky individuals, I am afraid, you will have to take another route which is a bit more uncomfortable. This brings me to the second approach of plugging your nose. You will be happy to know that this approach does not involve any weird lip and mouth gymnastics. It merely involves sucking some water up your nose while you are under water which in turn will plug your nose against escaping air and no more water will get in as you have also evened out the pressure. As you can see, this technique is quite simple, but not ideal as it is very uncomfortable to be intentionally sucking water in your nose all the time. Moreover you will end up with a snotty nose for a few hours after your swim practice. There is nothing more exciting than going on a date after exploring this technique in the pool :). Let's just say, you might not get a second one hehe.
That said, both of these techniques are used successfully by top athletes and lap swimmers all over the world, so it is just up to you to choose which one best suits you. If you are having trouble with water getting up your nose in frontal position, please try the soft palate approach. Truth be told, none of the techniques are perfect. Using a regular swimming nose clip is still the best and easist way to plug your nose, so if you have failed to replicate the above techniques, just get a nose clip and your swimming will be a blast, your nose dry and you might get a second date :).