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  • SoDakGuy

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    Jan 13, 2011 5:04 PM GMT
    I truly don't know how to swim. icon_cry.gif

    It's true! I have no idea how to swim. I did take three yrs of lessons growing up, but I had the WORST teachers, so I stopped @ 14. I know, it was stupid of me.

    But I've always wanted to learn. Hell, I dream of water all the time. Every dream I have is of me by a pool or an ocean.

    I even MODEL swim wear and I don't know how to swim.

    So, how many of you learned to swim as an adult? Also, for the ones who know how, have you taught someone as an adult how to swim?

    One more ... where are some great places to go to learn to swim as an adult?

    I plan is by this time next year, I can say I know how to swim and swim well.
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    Jan 13, 2011 5:17 PM GMT
    SoDakGuy saidI truly don't know how to swim. icon_cry.gif

    It's true! I have no idea how to swim. I did take three yrs of lessons growing up, but I had the WORST teachers, so I stopped @ 14. I know, it was stupid of me.

    But I've always wanted to learn. Hell, I dream of water all the time. Every dream I have is of me by a pool or an ocean.

    I even MODEL swim wear and I don't know how to swim.

    So, how many of you learned to swim as an adult? Also, for the ones who know how, have you taught someone as an adult how to swim?

    One more ... where are some great places to go to learn to swim as an adult?

    I plan is by this time next year, I can say I know how to swim and swim well.


    LAME!!! J/K icon_razz.gif Do you have an indoor community pool anywhere? Like maybe a high school or something? I'm sure they have adult swimming classes. In San Diego, we have a gay swimming team and they might have one in Mary Richards land.

    You can tread water right?
  • SoDakGuy

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    Jan 13, 2011 5:24 PM GMT
    Unfortunately not. Well, I haven't treaded water in YEARS, so I don't know if I can. My mass has changed A LOT since I treaded water.
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    Jan 13, 2011 6:23 PM GMT
    Ta da!

    http://www.recsports.umn.edu/aquatics/adultbeginner.html
  • SoDakGuy

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    Jan 13, 2011 8:18 PM GMT
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    Me modeling swim wear in 2010.

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    On the runway 2007
  • SoDakGuy

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    Jan 13, 2011 8:18 PM GMT
    Ooh!! Thank you!!


    hapakun saidTa da!

    http://www.recsports.umn.edu/aquatics/adultbeginner.html


    So .. anyone else BESIDES ME who doesn't know how to swim and is going to learn this year?
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    Jan 13, 2011 10:48 PM GMT
    Congrats to you!

    I was swimming before I knew how to walk.
    My mom, on the other hand, didn't learn to swim til she was in her 50s iirc. She didn't let it stop her before that though. She went water skiing, snorkeling, and learned to sail, all while wearing a life jacket.

    The important thing is to find an instructor that you can trust. Realize that you won't be doing a masters swim on your first day. And learn to feel comfortable in and under the water.
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    Jan 14, 2011 12:30 AM GMT
    Hey don't be embarrassed, I don't know how to swim either :I

    I tried to learn as a child unfortunately things happened n I tried couple years ago....but got too embarrassed. ..now I kinda regret not taking the oppurtinity to learn...but anyways is never too late I suppose....just going to take more courage. :i
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    Jan 14, 2011 12:35 AM GMT
    Don't worry about it! I can swim, but can't swim freestyle with my face in the water as I don't know any proper breathing techniques, at all. My gym offers private swim lessons (even for adults), so I'll be starting from the beginning as far as proper technique goes. If your gym has a pool, look into what kind of programs they offer.
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    Jan 14, 2011 12:55 AM GMT
    Since you cannot swim, its more than likely because you have a fear of water, at least that's what usually holds people back from learning to swim.

    Why don't you got with a friend to a pool and first learn to float on your back, learn some back strokes like the butterfly stroke, that are quite simple to stay afloat with. Then add some sidestroke swimming as well as a couple strokes swimming on your stomach with your head out of the water. Get comfortable with the ability to float and swim in shallow (chest deep) water.

    Then do what I did at age 13, have someone bigger than you follow you up onto the high dive with instructions that they are not to let you go back down the ladder, your only way off is to jump in the water and use what you've learned to get to the side of the pool once you come back up from jumping off the diving board.

    Good luck !!! and if none of that works come here in the spring, my places have lots of water and I'll teach you with the help of your boyfriend. LOL !!!



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    Jan 14, 2011 12:56 AM GMT
    I have taught adults how to swim. My first student was an 18 yr old named ironically, Esther Williams. She was terrified of the water and was swimming in the 3 ft section of the pool in about 3 months.

    The first step should be getting you comfortable in the water, shallow end of the pool. Your instructor will be in the water with you for reassurance. From there you will be provided swimming aids, ie paddle boards to help with bouyancy and allow you to develop some coordination for kicking and strokes.

    If you don't have a fear of shallow water [depth of water allows you to easily stand , approx. 3 ft] your are ahead of a lot of the students in adult classes. You should be able to to easily meet your 1 year goal with proper instruction. Check your YMCA or The Red Cross for adult learn to swim programs.
  • SoDakGuy

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    Jan 14, 2011 11:19 PM GMT
    I want to just go all out and take lessons. Cannonball into it instead of baby steps.

    I want to learn also so I can do triathlons and I want to learn to surf. I think that would be awesome, but that's me. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 14, 2011 11:30 PM GMT
    Check out:

    http://www.totalimmersion.net/

    See if they have scheduled any workshops in your area or can put you in touch with an instructor. They will teach you a highly efficient stroke from the ground up, starting with basic balance drills. If you're interested in triathlons, you'll want a highly efficient stroke. You can call them toll-free and chat about your specifics.

    UPDATE: I checked out their site and workshops assume you already have a basic swimming ability. Also could not find instructors in their method located in SD, so this recommendation may not work for you. It still might be worth giving them a call. It's an excellent program if it could somehow work for you.
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    Jan 14, 2011 11:42 PM GMT
    I love swimming, I'm just not terribly good at it. I can tread water and fuck around in a pool but I blame it on being short. That and just not being a great swimmer.

    Where's Diver and some other super swimmers to chime in on this topic with some tips? And JustZeke being a good swimmer and short debunks my theory.
  • vindog

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    Jan 14, 2011 11:43 PM GMT
    SoDakGuy saidI want to just go all out and take lessons. Cannonball into it instead of baby steps.

    I want to learn also so I can do triathlons and I want to learn to surf. I think that would be awesome, but that's me. icon_biggrin.gif



    Don't be embarrassed. While I had a basic knowledge and was totally comfortable in the water, I started taking a Swimming for Fitness class when I went back to school....at 28.

    There were adults that were learning for first time. It's pretty important, truly something everyone should know...and it's great exercise.

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    Jan 14, 2011 11:45 PM GMT
    I can't swim either. Had a childhood traumatic incident when I nearly drowned.
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    Jan 14, 2011 11:49 PM GMT
    You live in MN and dont know how to swim! icon_confused.gif
  • LJay

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    Jan 14, 2011 11:52 PM GMT
    Contact your local Red Cross or YMCA and ask about swimming lessons for adult beginners. Don't be even slightly embarassed. Above all else you are learning a safety skill and that is important.

    One thing you will have to deal with is that higher muscle mass will make it harder for you to float, but there are ways to deal with that.

    Good luck. We all can learn to do enough in the water to keep ourselves safe.
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    Jan 14, 2011 11:54 PM GMT
    hahaha my man you are not the only one i dont know how to swim too but i have meet some nice guys that would love to teach me icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 14, 2011 11:56 PM GMT
    Vancouverite2004 saidI can't swim either. Had a childhood traumatic incident when I nearly drowned.


    Learn to face your fears and take swimming lessons.

    Learning to face your fears will be one of the best things you will do for yourself as you go through life. It is something that will come in handy as you reach those midlife crisis years and other difficult times
  • Syphon

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    Jan 15, 2011 12:39 AM GMT
    I'm a swim instructor, I'll teach you for free. icon_cool.gif

    Teaching adults can be a real pain though when they've built up so much fear over their lives that putting their face in the pool is an insurmountable task.
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    Jan 15, 2011 12:44 AM GMT
    Roccoe said
    Vancouverite2004 saidI can't swim either. Had a childhood traumatic incident when I nearly drowned.


    Learn to face your fears and take swimming lessons.

    Learning to face your fears will be one of the best things you will do for yourself as you go through life. It is something that will come in handy as you reach those midlife crisis years and other difficult times


    I know and I will. In fact, you'd think a near-drowning incident would spur me on even more to get swimming lessons, so it doesn't happen again.
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    Jan 15, 2011 12:45 AM GMT
    Hey, I have been able to swim since I was a child but my technique was rough and definitely not the smoothest. I was training for a triathlon so I took private classes at the YMCA a couple months ago to perfect my strokes. While I was taking class, there were very clearly classes going on nearby for people who had no idea how to swim...they were doing some pretty simple stuff. So I would contact a local YMCA to see what their class schedule is like. I wouldn't be embarrassed, there was a whole variety of ages, genders, body shapes, etc. in that class.

    They will probably teach you the basics (tread water, breathing skills, freestyle and backstroke), and then you can move on to the harder strokes (butterfly and breast stroke) once you have the basics.
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    Jan 15, 2011 12:46 AM GMT
    Syphon saidI'm a swim instructor, I'll teach you for free. icon_cool.gif

    Teaching adults can be a real pain though when they've built up so much fear over their lives that putting their face in the pool is an insurmountable task.


    Take him to the swallow end jump in the water and play with him. Having a good time in the water if the first step in over coming the fear.

    Once he is relaxed then you can move on to more difficult skills icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 15, 2011 12:54 AM GMT
    SoDakGuy saidI truly don't know how to swim. icon_cry.gif

    So, how many of you learned to swim as an adult? Also, for the ones who know how, have you taught someone as an adult how to swim?

    One more ... where are some great places to go to learn to swim as an adult?

    I plan is by this time next year, I can say I know how to swim and swim well.


    I didn't know how to swim either until age 27... so there's hope, believe me

    I did take swimming classes at age 12-13 but always had a fear of water cause when I was 5 or 6 the girl taking care of me at this beach walked me into the water and while holding my hand didn't remember to check how high the water level was until it reached above my forehead and I was drowning! icon_mad.gif quite traumatic. But I got over it and now I enjoy it thoroughly.

    I learned at my gym, it offered classes and I had to get over the fact that I was older than the college kid teaching me icon_redface.gif It only took 2 months, however it was more of a refresher and re-learning technique than starting from zero icon_wink.gif