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.