I had a chance to 1 on 1 work with someone last night, and got to try several things to help them keep their shoulders and head down in the water, and their legs up at the surface. This was a learning experience for me as well, because I was in the water and had to think about what the best way to do this would be. Ends up that kicking to make the most bubbles and splashes worked the absolute best of everything we tried, and we tried a ton of stuff. I could feel my pull get stronger and my head and shoulders move further down in the water as I kicked a continuous 3 foot splash. It was kinda fun. It also made me realize how out of shape I really was, since 25m kicking madly is a lot of work!
My time out of the water also gave me time to figure out that I forgot how to breathe totally. I kept holding my breath and then gasping for air. 75s kicking with no arms is quite scarey when you are holding your breath and telling yourself you have to breathe but not doing it.
So. Lesson learned. Back to training, back to the pool.