Can You Swim?

United States
August 4, 2008 9:14pm CST
I am the oldest of six kids. All of them can swim except me. I am terrified of the water. This past week our Grandchildren was here. We took them to the local city pool. They loved it. I dont think they will have a bit of problem learning to swim. Can you swim?
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@bdugas (3584)
• United States
5 Aug 08
No unfortunately I can't, never could I just sink to the bottom, I do have some breathing problems that make it hard for me to keep going once I start, so out of breath before I can go more than a few strokes. I have always been afraid of the water once we was at a camp ground and a little girl drowned while swimming in the lake, that is when the danger set in I guess, they say if you throw someone in the water that can't swim they will learn, not true I just sink cause I would panic.
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@philjas (1134)
• United States
5 Aug 08
We're probably a minority but no, I can't either. Strangely enough I have four best friends online, we're all from different parts of the world, and none of us can swim. We found that out by accident awhile ago.
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• United States
5 Aug 08
I can swim just not really well. I am somewhat at times afraid of water(mostly dark water or really deep water) But I have been swimming more lately and have gotten better at it.
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• United States
7 Sep 08
I can swim and have been able to since I was a little girl. I like to swim as long as the water I am in is deep enough, otherwise I normally won't even get wet. My kids say I'm weird because of that.
• Canada
6 Sep 08
I am terrified of the water as well . When I was a child my mother placed me in swimming lessons hoping I would overcome my fear but it never helped she finally let me quit when I was the oldest child in the class and still had only made it to the second color after years of her paying for the lessons . I have never found out what caused my fear so bad but having two uncles drown hasn't made it any easier . I don't want my children to have the same fear as myself and try to take them to the beach whenever I can . My older children have no fear of the water and I don't think my younger children will either although it makes me very nervous when we are at the beach and they go out to far , even knowing they can swim for fear that if something happened , I wouldn't be able to help them . I can swim today but not in water over my head . I know it sounds strange but the minute the water gets to high I start to panic and know for ceratin I would drown for the simple fact that as a teenager a bunch of us went to the pyramids to jump off . All my friends told me I would have no fear that the water would not go over my head . The first couple of jumps were fine but on my last jump , I couldn't reach bottom and started to drown . Two of my friends swam over to me and in my panic I started to push both of them under in an attempt to get my head above water . One of them said afterwards that he was certain he was going to have to knock me out for fear that I was going to drown all of us .
@adoremay (2069)
• Philippines
25 Aug 08
I can do three to four strokes. :) I mean I can do 1,2,3 and 4 strokes and then I sink. I have been wanting to learn how to swim, I will try to take swimming lessons when I have time.
@dbzfan (254)
• India
14 Aug 08
Well i Can Swim. But not That Good Though. I am Slow Swimmer. But i don,t Remain Under Water for more Than 30 minutes. As i Have a Bad Experience of Getting One of My Legs Paralysed in The Swimmming Pool. And Was About to Sink and Become History. Good Thing i Was Near The Edge of The Pool. And Was Able to Pull Myself out.
@bellis716 (4807)
• United States
6 Aug 08
Yes, I can swim but not well. I did not learn to swim until our oldest child was old enough to take swimming lessons. No, I didn't join the toddlers in their lessons, but I was able to take lessons at the same facility with other non-swimming adults. With the right instruction, your grandchildren should have no problem learning to swim well. Not are both of our children good swimmers but so are all 5 of the grandchildren.
@mjgarcia (725)
• United States
6 Aug 08
Nope. I tried swimming lessons when I was a kid. I was in water over my head and had tired out from swimming from one side to the other. I was going under and swallowing water until I managed to get to where I could touch bottom. My "teacher" stood on the side of the pool, telling me to quit messing around. Never did trust the water after that. It's funny though, I love being around the water. I like boating. My sisters could swim when I lived at home. Now my kids can all swim. I still watch.
@williamjisir (22909)
• China
5 Aug 08
Hello dear villageanne. I cannot swim, but I love to stay in the water with a big lifebuoy, without which I find it hard for me to stay in the water up to my neck. But my father and my elder brother can swim. I admire them. I don't think that I will be able to learn to swim now as I am no longer young.
@goldeneagle (6776)
• United States
5 Aug 08
You can swim. You just don't know that you can. Most people can anyways. Most people who claim not to be able to swim drown not because they can't swim, but because they panic when they end up in the water. The key is to stay calm. Even good swimmers may drown if they panic if they fall in or if their boat turns over or sinks. I would definitely advise taking some lessons or something. You never know when it will save your life or the life of someone else. When I was in the Boy Scouts, they not only required us to learn to swim, they required us to learn and practice lifesaving and rescue techniques. I did the Mile-swim on several occasions. We would take a boat or canoe out in a lake and deliberately turn them over or swamp them (swamp means that we would fill it with water, basically causing it to sink) so that we could learn to deal with these situations. We learned to get ourselves out, and we learned to help others we may encounter who were in the same situations. It was a lot of fun, but we learned a lot. I remember most of it to this day, even though I haven't done it in years. I would actually like to go out and try some of it again. I pity people who are afraid of the water. I am not saying jump into any water hole you see, but the right places can offer a fun and refreshing break to summer heat. If you have never experienced a cool lake or river after being out in the heat all day while working or hiking or something like that, I fear you have never lived. There is nothing more rewarding than setting up camp and then heading down to the lake or river to cool off, and possibly catch a few fish for a meal. Canoe trips down a river or around a lake can offer a variety of experiences, but for an inexperienced person, it can prove dangerous. It is much easier to enjoy nature in this manner if you are confident in your ability to handle problems that may arise, and the first step to being able to handle them is to learn how to swim...
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
5 Aug 08
I think I still can. I haven't been in along time. Since I have went paralized once and also have a few walking problems I might need to try to relearn how. I haven't been swimming since before I got diagnosed with m.s.. I would proberly be nervous at first sense I haven't went swimming in so long.
@GardenGerty (91109)
• Marion, Kansas
5 Aug 08
I learned to swim when I was required to take PE classes in college. It was pretty easy. I was not really scared of the water, so that was a plus. I taught my kids to swim when they were about two years old.
@pitstop (4897)
• India
5 Aug 08
I am not afraid of the water or the sea, but I just never learnt how to swim. I really miss not having learnt to swim.
@Grandmaof2 (7604)
• Canada
5 Aug 08
They all say that fat people float, for goodness sake never believe it. I sink like a bolder, no I certainly can not swim. I lived less than a block away from the beach for many years and I never learnt to swim, too afraid of the water for this chicken. Another good post, Thank You.
• Canada
5 Aug 08
I have never had a poblem swimming. I absolutely love the water. I wonder what it is that made you scared of he waer. I am glad that you had a good ime with your grandkids.