I was a city kid without access to any pools. I went to camp once a week each summer, and they had a lake. They attempted to teach me to swim but I was terrified of the water (My dad had once dropped me from his shoulders when hit by a huge wave in Lake Erie....I was two and from then on was scared of water). I can swim (without putting my face in the water) from one side of a pool to another, but it ain't a pretty sight. It is one of the greatest regrets of my life that I've never learned. I tried to find some adult lessons but to no avail. I took my daughter fro swimming lessons as soon as she could walk....I did not want her to suffer the way I had without knowing how to swim.
My dad taught my sisters and me, in a shallow and very cold trout stream that he dammed with rocks so the creek was deep enough for us to float in. First he taught us to float on our backs, then gradually introduced kicking, crawl stroke with breathing, and diving. We camped there 2 or 3 weeks every summer in elementary school years and learned more. Later we took Red Cross swimming classes to learn other strokes and lifesaving.
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I had swimming lessons at our local public pool and I sure disliked the deep end. I can still see it like it was yesterday! I've always been an excellent floater with all my chubbiness, so that makes me feel safer. I have learned since those childhood years, how to swim, at least to save myself I hope!
My dad heard babies could swim and put me in the pool. I do not remember if babies can swim but I am here to tell about it. I do not remember not knowing how to swim. I taught my son to swim at 10 months so he would be pool or ocean safe with us living in Miami and his grandparents living the Florida Keyes on the water. I have not thought of these things in years...thanks for the memories.
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