I do not know how to swim! .

Philippines
March 13, 2009 5:30am CST
I feel ashamed! I take care of the ticket sales of a swimming pool facility and do not know how to swim! I want to learn badly! Do you think I could learn it in a day? What do I need to learn how to swim?
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@cyberfluf (5004)
• Netherlands
13 Mar 09
I don't know how to swim either, I have a hard time learning it because I have a balance impairment and I have never completely developed my motor skills the way they should. Because of this swimming itsself is hard, but I have also grown affraid of drowning. I am not sure if I will (physically) ever be able how to swim, but it does hurt I won't be able to swim with my little foster brother who loves being in the water.
• Philippines
14 Mar 09
Thanks for your response! I'm really eager to learn no matter what. Maybe my motor skills aren't so good too. But I will try! try! try!
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@syankee525 (6293)
• United States
13 Mar 09
it dont take long to learn, with me my brothers threw me out of a boat in the middle of a lake and told me swing or drown. so i learn within mins lol.
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• Philippines
14 Mar 09
Lols! you think that would work for me?
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@daliaj (5681)
• India
13 Mar 09
I know swimming and I love it. I won't miss even a single chance to swim...but I didn't swim for a long time. It is a very good exercise which burns lots of calories. Each and every part of body get exercise when swims. You just have interest to learn to swim. It is not possible to learn in a day. It will take a week or two weeks...but don't think that it is hard. Join to a swimmng class. Hope you can find a good swimming course.
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• Philippines
14 Mar 09
Thanks!
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@djemba (767)
• India
13 Mar 09
I don't know swimming either..and I'd really like to learn..When i was young , i was put into swimming classes but couldn't carry them on..I think you should learn swimming but i don't think that you can learn how to just in a day..It takes at least months what I've heard ..
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@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
19 Mar 09
No, you cannot learn swimming in a day. You need a swim suit to learn swimming of course! Well, a partner who is willing to teach is one. And that partner must be patient with you as well. Cos for one to learn swimming, one must first overcome the fear of being in the water. That is the first step to learning how to float. Once you are comfortable with floating, then the movement of kicking to move forward and learning to breath is the next step. After that, then you learn the fancier move of coordinating the kicks and the hands to move forward faster! As you can see, it is a process. Depending on how determined and how often you practice swimming, it can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few years.
• Philippines
20 Mar 09
Thanks for the advice! ^_^ I'm willing to practice even if it takes time!
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@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
23 Mar 09
Well, all the best in your quest to gain the swimming skills!
@Samanthavv (1383)
• United States
9 Apr 09
Don't feel bad! I didn't learn to swim until I was in my junior year of high school, and even now, I can hardly swim very effectively! I'd probably end up drowing if I ever got thrown into the ocean or something! I'm terrible with water!
@Pigglies (9336)
• United States
1 May 09
That's how I am, definitely not a good swimmer but I can swim in a shallow pool. Don't throw me into the ocean though either.
@skysuccess (8880)
• Singapore
13 Mar 09
jaymeeliz, First of all, don't be ashamed and should never be ever. You are not the only one unable to swim at your age and being aware of this on your part should not hamper but motivate yourself to go find a swim instructor for lessons. Please do not feel down out here and if you are indeed going for your lessons it may be helpful to keep in mind that you need to reassure yourself with water confidence at all times. This confidence means that you should try to be confident and overcome any hint of discomfort and fear. So, do take care and I hope that you have a nice day.
• Philippines
14 Mar 09
Thanks so much for giving me motivation!
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@youless (99516)
• Guangzhou, China
1 May 09
That is alright. I think you have to forget your fear and therefore it is possible for you to learn it. I don't know how to play the street boards and I am not good at something like this. However, after a few days finally I could play it for a while and I am so glad to it:) I think you can also learn how to swim at last. There is a will, there is a way:) I love China
@Pigglies (9336)
• United States
1 May 09
Do they have any classes at the swimming pool facility you work at? Or try another place if you're embarrassed to learn there. I don't think you can learn in a day but I learned in a summer school community college course!
@jd107nette (1456)
• Philippines
7 Apr 09
I guess you can learn the basics in a day.. If you are really interested in it and if you have an efficient teacher.. I also do not know how to swim before... I don't even know the basics... So my friends and family would go deeper while I was stuck at the pool side... Then my brother pitied me and gave me some advises... while they were having fun, I practiced on my own and in a day, I learned! hahaha... Good luck!
• Philippines
20 Mar 09
I am not an expert swimmer but I can a little bit. I believe you can learn as long as you have overcome your fear of getting your head under the water. Find someone you trust completely. In my case it was my father. I remembered how he taught me. It was in a beach and I was I guess 8. He asked me to take a deep breath and hold it. then quickly curl myself into fetal position (grabbing my knees to my chest and keeping it there) and let myself go down. I did so trusting he would not let me drown so I kept my cool. I did sank at the bottom but did float up again with my back out in the surface. He told me to just try to relax in the water by doing this exercise. Then he taught me to lie floating in the water. That is how I started learning how to swim. Goodluck. Summer is here so its a great time to learn.