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learning to swim when a kid

Saturday, August 04, 2018

I almost drown twice. Once for real as dad was suppose to be watching me at man-made lake on my grandfather's farm. I took one step too many and down I went as big drop off. I'm not sure how but I fought my way back up to where I could stand up. I had sunk like a rock so no 3 times or even once to the surface. My dad had his back to me talking to neighbors across the fence. But I wasn't afraid of the water. mom sent me to Y several summers for swimming lessons. The first time I was there, I jumped in the deep water because I couldn't really hear what was said in big echo chamber of a pool, with swimming cap over my ears. So when the kids on either side of me got up to take swimming test since they could swim, I just followed along. I watched kids in front of me jump in and swim so my turn, I jump in and didn't swim. So maybe I didn't almost drown that time as several swim teachers there to save me but I was coughing and spiting water by time I was pulled back up on side of pool. I never learned to swim or even float at the Y. Went to a summer camp and one of the other kids taught me to float and dog paddle. Later I learned to tread water so I feel fairly safe in deep water although I really can't swim. Swimming was mentioned in another blog and all this came back to me. My older boy could swim when I adopted him but not my younger one. So we got him some lessons and took him to the pool during the summer where he had to try and keep up with his brother. I think it is important to be able to swim or at least not sink to the bottom if you get in water over your head. Plus it is fun and good exercise.

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    Soooooo are you thinking about taking swimming lessons too? I had my second lesson today and while I don't think I'm progressing very fast, I am feeling MUCH more comfortable being in the water. You should give it a shot!

    737 days ago
    I know how to swim, but haven't done so in many, many years. Just have no access to a pool, and will not set foot in the ocean or other bodies of water...alligators, snakes, sharks, deadly jelly fish and just nasty waters. I almost drown twice too when I was younger..scary thing, to feel your lungs are about to burst and someone pulled me up each time. So glad!!!!
    Enjoy your time at the pool! 🏊
    738 days ago
    I spent many years in swimming lessons since my Dad doesn't know how to swim. Wish I was a stronger swimmer but I am glad I can do it.
    738 days ago
    That is something my parents insisted on . . . learning how to swim!
    739 days ago
  • EVANS1848
    I can not swim I know how you feel.
    739 days ago
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    Learning to swim is an important safety precaution, especially if you live near the beach!
    739 days ago
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