swim panic!

Philippines
December 31, 2007 12:35pm CST
I can't swim! LOL. I've tried taking swimming lessons with my sisters. Eventually i forgot and my fears of deep waters always take over me. Everytime I try to swim or dive I get so panicky! It's like I always feel that I'd drown... When I try to float I always feel like falling so I lose my balance and panic all over again. Any tips on swimming?
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@musicman6 (2368)
• United States
1 Jan 08
The more you are around water, the less your fear of deep water will be! When I was trying to learn to swim, every chance I could, I would be in the water, until I finally got over it!
• Philippines
1 Jan 08
Thank you! Will try that :)
@leeesa (886)
• United States
21 Jan 08
No tips for you since I can't swim either. I used to be able to fairly well, but had not in a very long time. I discovered that swimming is not like riding a bicycle. I can no longer swim. Hmmm...haven't been on a bike in years either. Perhaps I can't do that either!
@squaretile (3835)
• Singapore
21 Jan 08
it's important for me to swim because i live on an island. that's the reason why swimming lessons are so important to most citizens. of course there are still some people who don't swim because all they do is commute to teh city to work all day long. but swimming is useful especially if you are doing canoeing or some water sports. even with a life jacket, it is important to know how to swim. just stay calm, dont' struggle and relax and you will float naturally. if you struggle there is no chance of floating. I love floating in the swimming pool. it's very calming.
@chrislotz (8207)
• Canada
8 Jan 08
The biggest thing about swimming is you have to relax. If you can't relax and you are frightened then I think you should not be swimming. If something happens you will panic and then you will be worse off and you could drown. Try staying in shallow waters. That way if something happens you can stand up and you won't drown. Some people, no matter how many lessons they take, aren't comfortable in the water. They are the ones that should stay in the shallow waters. I, on the other hand, am a fish. I love to swim and I am very comfortable in the water. I would not panic if something were to happen because I am confident of my abilities. I grew up swimming and took lessons when I was as young as 3 years old. So I have been swimming for 47 years.