How to swim with your feet first. There are two ways to swim with your feet first. The first is by going on your back and having your arms push you from the top and have your body move forward. This may be a little bit challenging as your feet might sink down to the bottom because you're not really doing too much kicking. In order for you to balance yourself out you can do a very light freestyle kick. Another way to swim with your feet first, is by having your arms on the side of your body and [sculling] forward with your feet facing forward. Once again, if you feel like you need to do a little bit of a balance kick to help yourself stay on the surface of the water, you can have your legs move up and down to help you stay balanced. That's how you swim feet first.