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How many of my fellow CC's can't swim?


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And when you tell people they act like you just fell off anotherr planet. Or they tell you, Well, just learn. Duh, why didn't I think of that.

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Its a valid question.. Where I live there are plenty of people who never learned to swim.. They never got to a lake and we are miles and miles from an ocean.  I think it would also be pretty scary to learn as an adult..

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I float like a rock. Can't swim a lick! I can doggy paddle like hell though.

i can doggy paddle quite well. i can swim the "real" way, but i prefer not to. i hate getting water all up in my face. i'd rather just flail about or make my boyfriend paddle me around.

I taught myself when I was 14.  Swim lessons were always a traumatic experience for me.  Still can't stand to be touched when I'm swimming (instant panic), and prefer a boat anywhere I can't see the bottom - I start feeling like fish food rather quickly in the ocean with my yum-yum yellow floaties on.

So though I know how now, it is only by the grace of having a 4' deep pool in my backyard when I was 14.  Still only comfortable with it in very controlled environments.  So I get where you're coming from :)

I had a 4 foot pool in the yard a few years but after everyone thinking the best way to break my fear of water was to hold me under I didn't usually get in the stupid thing.

Original Post by ronni06:

I had a 4 foot pool in the yard a few years but after everyone thinking the best way to break my fear of water was to hold me under I didn't usually get in the stupid thing.

Surprised

Can't say that I blame you.  Worst thing to do to someone afraid of water is put their face in it.  Fortunately in my case I was the eldest and my parents never really used it.  Plus they were tickled that I was finally able to conquer my fear -- at least in 4' depths. 

The first time I went to the park and got brave enough to swim in the 10' area (I was like 19? at the time) I was so proud of myself!  And then some jerkoff friend of mine grabbed my foot.  The only thing that makes it okay is that I took him down with me.  Scared the hell out of him.  They thought I was just being a drama queen when I told everyone to NOT freaking touch me.

If you ever do decide to brave the depths the easiest strokes for me are:  floating on back (a must), a backstroke and a basic kick works well with that, or even just kind of floating along and using your hands as paddles to move along (kicking can be done if wanted, but is not necessary); my usual on the tummy go-to is a modified "breaststroke" with a basic kick (I don't like putting it with the frog kick).  It's a very easy but comfortable thing to do.  And my head stays out of the water the whole time which is a bonus. The more air you have in you the better you float.  Fat too.  That's the one thing I'm going to miss about being fluffy again:  I won't float as easily.

I despise the "freestyle" stroke.  I always feel like I'm drowning.

But if you decide to never bother with it, I get that too.  On the other hand... I've been snorkeling in the Caribbean twice (with floaties) which were AWESOME experiences (well, okay, one was awesome, one was frightening as hell), and am seriously considering getting certified for scuba for this upcoming trip this summer (to a point it almost brings me to hyperventilating, I'm just waiting to see if my brain is able to do it). 

Swimming or not doesn't make you who you are.  :)

Here are the reasons I don't know how to swim:

1) I do not live ANYWHERE near a lake, pond, or pool where I could swim.  I do live 2 miles from a small river, but I am sure that is where the waste water flows to. not an ideal place.  The nearest public pool from where I live is 20 miles.  Not worth the price of gas.

2) I do not tan...I burn! Just not worth the pain of a sunburn.  Yes, i know there is such a thing as sunscreen, but it just not worth the effort.

3) I would look like HELL in a swim suit...even though i am VERY close to my goal weight of 140.

 

^This

You stuck with Irish skin like me? It hurts! The only reason I dislike the beach...besides not taking my shirt off...is the sunburn :P

I live in Minnesota...land of 10,000 lakes.  I live less than a mile from Lake Superior.  I do not know how to swim.  I want to learn but am terrified of water.  In the summer everything seems to revolve around lakes.  All of my friends and family know how to swim. 

Original Post by sweetpea62:

I live in Minnesota...land of 10,000 lakes.  I live less than a mile from Lake Superior.  I do not know how to swim.  I want to learn but am terrified of water.  In the summer everything seems to revolve around lakes.  All of my friends and family know how to swim. 


Heh.  I know someone from Superior, WI who never took formal lessons.  However, her family (quite extended family) had a "cabin" (i.e., plywood box) on a small lake down near Danbury or Webster.  Their philosophy was that the kids would learn to not drown down there.  In other words, "Jump in, have fun, and don't die."

Of course, only fools actually swim in Lake Superior... :D

Original Post by dnrothx:

Original Post by sweetpea62:

I live in Minnesota...land of 10,000 lakes.  I live less than a mile from Lake Superior.  I do not know how to swim.  I want to learn but am terrified of water.  In the summer everything seems to revolve around lakes.  All of my friends and family know how to swim. 


Heh.  I know someone from Superior, WI who never took formal lessons.  However, her family (quite extended family) had a "cabin" (i.e., plywood box) on a small lake down near Danbury or Webster.  Their philosophy was that the kids would learn to not drown down there.  In other words, "Jump in, have fun, and don't die."

Of course, only fools actually swim in Lake Superior... :D

Both my parents were lifeguards at a beach on Lake Superior.  They lived in Thunder Bay.... 

Original Post by dnrothx:

Of course, only fools actually swim in Lake Superior... :D

Well, then call me a fool.  Grew up within walking distance of Lake Superior and I swam in it every chance I got.  None of that sissy beach swimming, either!  Real women jump off of boats where it's 160' deep!

I wouldn't drown. But I'm no swimmer.

Original Post by dnrothx:

Original Post by sweetpea62:

I live in Minnesota...land of 10,000 lakes.  I live less than a mile from Lake Superior.  I do not know how to swim.  I want to learn but am terrified of water.  In the summer everything seems to revolve around lakes.  All of my friends and family know how to swim. 


Heh.  I know someone from Superior, WI who never took formal lessons.  However, her family (quite extended family) had a "cabin" (i.e., plywood box) on a small lake down near Danbury or Webster.  Their philosophy was that the kids would learn to not drown down there.  In other words, "Jump in, have fun, and don't die."

Of course, only fools actually swim in Lake Superior... :D

Everyone seems to have a family "cabin" on a lake...and that is how most people seem to learn to swim.

Lake Superior is too cold for me to do much more than dip my toes in.  It amazes me the number of people who will swim in it...not too mention the polar bear plunge in February.  It would seem there are a lot of fools in Duluth! :)

 

 

I can backstroke but can't crawl - hate putting my face in the water and can't do the breathing.   Could float all day.

And, yeah, I have been on the receiving end of The Look when I tell people I can't swim.

I think, parents teaching their children to swim is one of the most important lessons they should do....

And it is just so much easier if it is done when still a baby...I was dropped into a swimming pool when I was a baby...it's amazing how natural it is.

Then again you don't need  a lake, river, pond etc to drown.

Original Post by amd_66:

I think, parents teaching their children to swim is one of the most important lessons they should do....

And it is just so much easier if it is done when still a baby...I was dropped into a swimming pool when I was a baby...it's amazing how natural it is.

Then again you don't need  a lake, river, pond etc to drown.

I agree.  I made sure both my kids had lots of swimming lessons. 

I waded into Lake Superior once in my birthday, June 30th, and it was so cold it made my feet ache.

Hello from the Great Lakes.  Not the greatest bodies of water to swim in, but, yeah, I can doggy paddle with the best.

Original Post by amd_66:

I think, parents teaching their children to swim is one of the most important lessons they should do....

And it is just so much easier if it is done when still a baby...I was dropped into a swimming pool when I was a baby...it's amazing how natural it is.

Then again you don't need  a lake, river, pond etc to drown.

Trust me, mom tried.  But when you're scared to death of water there's just not a whole lot that can be done with you.

Even as a baby I hated having water on my face and would throw a fit until it was wiped off (or so I've heard).

Got kicked out of my first swim lesson class at the ripe old age of 4 because it was that traumatic and they couldn't get me to let go of the side of the pool.  I cried a lot.  And I do remember those "lessons".  "Stick your face in the water and blow bubbles!"  Cry

The most memorable was the attempted swim lessons when I was about 12 and I almost drowned my instructor.  They made me go in water that was over my head and then she touched me.  I grabbed on for dear life.  Mom says my eyes were as big as saucers as I literally tried climbing my poor instructor to get out of the pool (and mom had balcony seating at the time and could make all of this out).  There's a lot of panic involved.  I kind of got kicked out of that class too.

Now, my son took to lessons like he was born to it.  My daughter doesn't take direction very well, so didn't.  So I set up a 4' deep pool in the backyard and she swims like a little fish now.  Neither of them have ever had an actual fear of water though.  I think that is what made all the difference between their experiences and mine.

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