How did you learn to swim?

@missybear (11396)
United States
July 2, 2012 7:08am CST
I remember when I was about 3 years old and we used to go to our weekend camping site which had a beautiful big lake. My dad put me on my belly and held my belly and just glided me over the water.....then he just let go and I swam on my own. Some parents throw there kids in the pool and tell them to paddle. How did you learn how to swim?
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@RitterSport (2452)
• Lippstadt, Germany
14 Jul 12
hi dear missybear where was that weekend camping site? Which lake was it? As I was born premature I have had a lot of problems with my motorics like learning to walk and later fine motorics. I learned to swim when I was about 7 years old I guess. I spent part of my summer holidays with my father and his new family and as he was a well known doctor he had access to a private swimming pool of a nice hotel. I remember getting these plastic swim aids and being taught by a nice teacher.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
14 Jul 12
I forgot the name of the lake but it was in Usingen were we had our camping site. When I was a teenager we used to go to Hanau (Bärensee)we had some good times there let me tell you
• Lippstadt, Germany
14 Jul 12
hi missybear thanks for getting back to me but I dont know these. Thought there were some closer to good old Frankfurt........
@maximax8 (28247)
• United Kingdom
2 Jul 12
I had the chance to learn to swim when I was four to seven years old at the infant schools outdoor swimming pool. I found the water teeth chattering cold and I was nervous of my head going under water. I was scared of the splashes and didn't have enough ability to learn how to swim at that age. That school got knocked down and a supermarket filled its place. The new school didn't have a swimming pool. When I was ten years old my family went on a seaside vacation to Devon. My sister is five years older than me. We were out in the water messing about. I went too deep in the sea water and to my amazement I found I was swimming. Wow! I felt lots more confident in swimming pools from then onwards. I would like to teach my three year old daughter to swim. My disabled son's legs are floppy and don't kick. I think he might learn how to swim just using his hands. I am keen on swimming and snorkeling.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
2 Jul 12
I haven't been snorkeling in about 30 years but as a kid when we used to vaccation in Italy and Yugoslavia I used to love to snorkel.
@maximax8 (28247)
• United Kingdom
18 Feb 13
Thanks for giving me the best response. It sounds like you had a delightful time with your snorkeling in Italy and Yugoslavia. My daughter is enjoying trips to the swimming pool quite often. She is gaining much more confidence.
• United States
10 Feb 13
I probably learned the wrong way and many might say that my dad was horrible for what he did but.... we went out on the boat on a lake my brothers were already in the water without lifejackets swimming around I wanted to get in the water too but was too scared because I didnt know how to swim my dad checked my lifejacket to make sure it was on properly then tossed me into the lake of course I was afraid at first but then I realized that I was safe I had my life jacket on and my brothers (expert swimmers) were right there with me
@missybear (11396)
• United States
11 Feb 13
That's one of the most used methods I think, lots of people learned how to swim that way. I guess you don't have a choice when someone tosses you in the water....swim or sink
@asliah (11149)
• Philippines
13 Oct 12
hi, actually i dont know how to swim when i was a kid thats why i only stayed in the side of the water,i only learned to swim in my own,and as i remember i have learned to swim was when in the pool,because no current their,as i practiced my self and really learned now even the back stroke,and i have learned them all in my own.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
11 Feb 13
Wow,that's great that you taught yourself
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
12 Jul 12
During the school holidays, the government would organize with local baths to offer swimming lessons to primary school kids. We would catch a bus to a nearby town, catch another bus to the baths and then spend all day at the pool. This would gone on for each day of the school holidays in summer, usually for 2 weeks I think. It was great fun. I'm still not a great swimmer, never have been. If I had to swim to save my life I could not do it. I have no strength for swimming.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
12 Jul 12
We used to go to the pool all summer long. Back in Germany we had huge Schwimmbäder(Pools) were you can have 3 different pools inside and outside and you can also have Food and Drinks.Swimming to me is really fun and I wish I would live at the beach i be in the water all the time.
@salonga (28016)
• Philippines
6 Jul 12
Enjoying the water - Swimming is fun
Sadly, I never really learned to swim up to now. I wish I could make up for lost time and start learning this very important skill. My little ones can swim though so they can really enjoy the whole day swimming in the beach or in a pool.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
6 Jul 12
I think swimming is wonderful and if you lear how to you will enjoy it very much in the future
@lampar (7597)
• United States
4 Jul 12
I learn how to swim through my own keen sense of observation skill. I sued to watch closely how a swimmer slide through the water in a swimming pool and competition, i pick up some of the strokes from them and practiced them in my community shallow swimming pool, over time, i began to swim reasonably well and continue to improve.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
6 Jul 12
That's pretty good that you tought yourself how to swim
@jricky1 (6809)
• China
4 Jul 12
I just so love swimming.But to be honest,recently,my brother said that he is going to teach me how to swim and i suppose that's really cool.Coz i haven't tried this before and i'm afraid of water,however,swimming also provides us a lot benefits.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
6 Jul 12
You can do it
@rodnac (187)
• Australia
4 Jul 12
I'm actually late on when I learn how to swim. I learn how to swim when i was 18. But I use to go to swim school when i was 10 but I only went to halfway because I enrolled late. I learn how to swim in swimming school. Before I just go to the shallow parts but now i can go to the deep part of the swimming pool.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
6 Jul 12
Good for you, nothing better than a nice swim on a sunny day
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
2 Jul 12
Me and my cousins went to swimming lessons when we were little. I actually just taught mine to swim in the pool with some floats. I used to have dreams about my children getting lost under black water. I would have my hands in there and they would touch my fingers and then I couldn't feel them anymore. I would wake up in a panic. No way I would have thrown mine in after those dreams..lol.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
2 Jul 12
I think it's awful to just throw your kids in the water,it just scares them more than anything and they will always be afraid of swimming.
• Philippines
2 Jul 12
My family and relatives are having some vacation trip for about 2-3 times a year. And swimming is our habit. I learned how to swim because when we're having our trip, we're lucky that on the other side of the pool, training is being conducted with those students paying. Well, i took advantage of them. haha
@missybear (11396)
• United States
2 Jul 12
Good for you
• India
2 Jul 12
I remember when i first went for swimming training, i was so excited and i thought it's so easy when i saw others swim. I jumped in the pool and then our trainer came and started our first lesson , which i guess was floating, and it took me a week just to float, it was awful that it took a week just to do floating, because it was my first time experience and i was small too. But then as i learned floating i don't know what happened to me, i was boosted and then i learned nearly all the swimming styles very fast, my trainer was impressed. But swimming is one best thing which everyone should try. It's just so amazing and fun!
@missybear (11396)
• United States
2 Jul 12
It's also very good exercise.
@riempie9 (1026)
• South Africa
2 Jul 12
I never threw children in a pool. You don't know what that damage may cause later on. I learned to swim in the pool at my mother's house. No one taught me. I tried and tried and one day my feet just did not touch the bottom of the pool and I glided across to the other end. As you are in the pools for hours and there are many hot months in South Africa, you soon learn to swim.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
2 Jul 12
I guess so. I would.
@hagmic22 (49)
• Israel
2 Jul 12
I learned to swim in our country club's swimming classes. I don't think that "throwing to the water" method works :-S. I maen, most of the children are afraid of the water before they learn how to swim. Thorwing them to the water may make them frightent even more, and hurt theyr trust in their parent who threw them to the water. I think that this method cause more damage than benefits. I know I wouldn't teach my children that way!
@missybear (11396)
• United States
2 Jul 12
I agree, I'm glad my parents didn't do that to me. It could scare you so much that you never want to go into the water
@karyl15 (251)
• Philippines
2 Jul 12
as for me, i still don't know how to swim. and i'm very sad about it. i can only swim if i know that i can still set my foot under water.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
2 Jul 12
That's how my uncle is too, as long as he can reach the bottom and can still stand he's OK in water
@suni51 (2991)
• India
2 Jul 12
That was easy for me and my brother as there was a river nearby where we were brought up. We used to go there in there morning hours to join the fun where hundreds of other boys used to swim. Some of their experts and some were still learning but that gave us confidence seeing so many experts around, later it was easy.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
2 Jul 12
To me learning how to swim was easy but I know some people are really afraid to learn. I have an uncle that is 60 and never learned how to swim.
@jgirap (210)
• India
2 Jul 12
i wanted to learn swimming but my parent don,t allowed me as i was always having cold problem ,then when i enter the college i got allowed to go to pool ,and there my teacher taught me how to swim
@missybear (11396)
• United States
2 Jul 12
That was nice of him to take the time to teach you.
@maezee (32269)
• United States
2 Jul 12
Wow! That's really young to learn how to swim! Congrats! I think at 3, I was still using flotation devices to keep me afloat. I took a swimming class (after several near-drowning experiences) and learned the basics. I am still not the greatest swimmer and any time I try to swim under water I get water in my nose (ha ha) but I can do doggy paddles and stuff like that.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
2 Jul 12
As long as you can stay afloat who cares how you do it,. God Paddle is a part of swimming too.
@Lorden (348)
• South Africa
2 Jul 12
I used to swim with those blow-up things that you put over your upper arms. But I grew tired of always putting them on, because when I want to swim, I just want to jump in the pool and swim. So, one day I didn't put them on and just went for it. I paddled some, swam underwater some, and I've never looked back.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
2 Jul 12
I had those blow up things too but I never really needed yjem but they good for when you want to swim but not drown
@lampar (7597)
• United States
4 Jul 12
I learn how to swim through my own keen sense of observation skill. I used to watch closely how a swimmer slide through the water in a swimming pool and competition, i pick up some of the strokes from them and practiced them in my community shallow swimming pool, over time, i began to swim reasonably well and continue to improve.