Swimming and My Ordeal

@Marcyaz (35671)
United States
December 7, 2015 5:11pm CST
I was about 10 years old when I went with another girl to the local swimming pool across town. I did not know how to swim then and all the kids looked as if they were having such a good time, the girl I was with told me jump in and you will come right back up to the surface. Well I believed her and jumped in at the deep end but I didn't come back up and my whole life went through my mind until the lifeguard pulled me to the surface. It was a scary experience. I didn't go in the water again until I learned to swim at around 14 years of age. Have you had anything similiar happen to you?
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@Juliaacv (30302)
• Canada
7 Dec 15
I had swimming lessons when I was young, and although I'm not the greatest at it, I am aware of my abilities and wouldn't ever scare myself like that.
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@Marcyaz (35671)
• United States
8 Dec 15
I had my children take lessons at a young age and am glad I did.
@amadeo (65836)
• United States
7 Dec 15
that is sort of weird.My case went in the deep water and swam for my life. This is how I learned to swim at the Boys Club.Became a very good swimmer and won a few medals.
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@Marcyaz (35671)
• United States
8 Dec 15
Great that you learned how to swim at the Boys Club. It is a good organization. My boys went there occasionally when we went to that side of town.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
11 Dec 15
No but my grandmother almost drowned when she went down she said she could hear the angels buzzing around here. She never went into the water again after that.
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@Marcyaz (35671)
• United States
11 Dec 15
No one could really blame her for not going into the water again.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
13 Dec 15
@Marcyaz that is for sure
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@Marcyaz (35671)
• United States
13 Dec 15
@winterose I am glad that i went in the water again and finally did learn how to swim.
• United States
10 Dec 15
Not the same experience as you since I learned to swim after being gently tossed into 3 foot deep water by daddy who KNEW I would come right back up and I did and surprised myself, I was a born swimmer !
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@Marcyaz (35671)
• United States
10 Dec 15
That was wonderful for you then and glad you were a natural born swimmer.
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• United States
10 Dec 15
Yeah it must have come from daddies gene pool cause mom cannot swim, never learned how and is afraid of water @Marcyaz
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@Marcyaz (35671)
• United States
11 Dec 15
@enlightenedpsych2 My mother wasn't afraid of water but never learned how to swim although my dad was a good swimmer and so was my brother.
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@just4him (117005)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
9 Dec 15
Somewhat. I knew how to swim. I was in the junior lifeguard class, when the instructor decided that I was too old for the class and stuck me in senior lifesaving. Stupid idea. The class was halfway through and they were testing on lifesaving techniques. The student was supposed to save the lifeguard. It didn't quite work out that way. The lifeguard clamped his arms around my head and I couldn't do anything, let alone save him, and my face was up against his chest so tight I was suddenly able to breathe under water. That's when I knew I was in serious trouble and did everything I could to extricate myself from that situation. I was never so scared of drowning in my life. I still wish I had taken the course and finished it properly.
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@Marcyaz (35671)
• United States
10 Dec 15
I never felt comfortable in taking a lifeguard class as I always had a bit of a fear still of drowning.
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@just4him (117005)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Dec 15
@Marcyaz That's completely understandable.
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@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
10 Dec 15
I was ten when I was with my parents on a fishing trip to Orman dam. The sides of the dam were lined with people. i had my own little fishing pole and I was half heartedly trying to fish. I soon grew tiredof it and moved over to be by my beloved grandpa. Then suddenly I was plummeting down and into the cold dee p water. The earthern edge we were standing on gave way undert m y moving feet. I surfaced scared sillyand my grandpa called to me" float Patty dear just move your feet and arms a bit.I will stick out my bamboo pole. You grav on now. honey dont be scared. I will get you out.d Suddenly I was okay as I knew my grandpa would help me. i did learn to swim in college and im not afraid of deep water. but I am deeply afraid of heights yet a real phobia.i can swim but I would never climb a mountain nor go up many stories in a sky scraper.
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@Marcyaz (35671)
• United States
10 Dec 15
I am much like you as I finally learned how to swim but I don't do heights.
@Blondie2222 (21794)
• United States
8 Dec 15
I never took swimming lessons and still not a very good swimmer. I did swimming in school but even then i never went in the deep end. I do like to go into the pool but i don't swim around that much
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@Marcyaz (35671)
• United States
8 Dec 15
I still enjoy the water but now my thing is more about fishing than swimming since I have these lung problems.
@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
8 Dec 15
I was the same age of 10 years when I made the decision that I had to learn. All my friends had a 1 length swimming certificate, so I made the concerted effort and managed to reach 10 lengths.
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@simone10 (21657)
• Louisville, Kentucky
11 Dec 15
When I was 16, my boyfriend said he would teach me to swim. He took me out in the middle of his pool and then just let me go. It was horrifying and when he finally got me, I was furious. He said he wanted to know what I could do. I had told him that I couldn't swim at all...duh!