I have come in contact with many people that cannot swim. Either they have a fear of water, or they just were never taught. Can you swim? How did you learn? If you do not know how to swim or are afraid to swim, let us know why? I grew up in a pool and my parents would call me a fish. I just would like to dig deeper into the minds of people that have a fear of water. I taught myself at age 5. I would push off of the steps and swim back to the step, before I knew it I was doing laps and flips in the water.
I can swim fairly well. I definitely can't save anybody but I can swim. My dad taught me the old fashioned way....in so many words I was tricked! He was standing in the pool, I was on the edge. He told me to jump in and he would catch me. Well, as you've probably guessed by now, he didn't catch me. He just let me flap around until I figured it out. Since it was the first time, I didn't quite get it on my own. He finally showed me how to hold my breath and move my arms, but by then I was mad and scared. Well, needless to say he tricked me again another day, but this time I got it LOL :-)
I can swim. But once I stop to tread water, I'd drown, I have to keep moving. I just never got the hang on treading water. And that does confuse me, because I learned to swim, and I love the water, Im not afraid of it at all.
Serena, the shower is what I'm scared of. I sprayed scrubbing bubbles in my shower and let it sit, while I vacuumed. I forgot I had sprayed it, and stepped into shower, and fell so hard I split the inside of my foot open to the white meat on the metal drain that sticks up. The doctor had to cut the meat hanging out of my wound. I still have the scar. It was horrible!
I don't know how to swim because I've always had an aversion towards water. I also had a scare when I was around 7 years old. But I guess I should let go of my anxiety and try to at least give swimming a try.
I love to swim, I was a lifeguard for a couple of years, then got in to free diving. I love the water, there is just something about being in the water thats calming and fun. So yeah, i guess i can swim.
I was a great swimmer when I was very young. Had an accident during a Polar Bear test. I was pushed off the metal dock; struck my head on the way down; stopped breathing and all. The ability is just gone. I've tried taking lessons to get it back but it just won't.
Now, on the other hand, I can tread water and do a dead-man-float for quite some time.
I've got a 50/50. No, I can't "swim" but I can hang out in the deep end for a while.
I can swim, I learned from going to the pool everyday as a kid. Never been afraid of water, but don't like swimming in lakes because my best friend drowned in a lake when I was 16 and it tooks days to find his body. Just a creepy thought of what is in the water under the surface that you can't see. Can't get over it.
I have swam since I was 5. Learned at the public pool (it was free back then). I have never been afraid of water except right after the movie JAWS came out. I was freaked for a while in big water (lakes, oceans). That fear went away when I learned how to SCUBA dive. That is the ultimate way to swim!
I can swim. I learned from the neighborhood's supervising adults at the pool and older kids. I started out dog paddling until I was able to break in to a normal swim past 3ft mark. Then after a a couple summers, i was able to swim 'ontop' of the water meaning i wasn't holding my breath with my eyes closed swimming aimelessly around the pool ^_^
I CANNOT do the Backfloat though .. I may be able to if I tried, but I am too nervous that I never stay afloat.
A lot of the older generations used to throw young kids overboard and that's how they learned to swim. Some like my mom sunk to the bottom and had to be rescued. In my generation was born a lot of fearless water rats. We taught ourselves to swim. We took in a lot of salt water learning. Could not imagine living on this island being afraid of the water and not being able to swim
I can't swim. I'm not afraid of water or anything; we've just never lived around a swimming pool for long, so, like riding a bike (never had a two-wheeler,) there wasn't really any way I could learn. I'd like to, though.