Plucked up the courage to learn to swim

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    Sep 20, 2013 4:00 PM GMT
    Today, I decided to have swimming lessons at the age of 34.

    Has anyone else later in life learned to swim?
  • monet

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    Sep 20, 2013 5:34 PM GMT
    Good for you. Swimming is a skill that everyone should learn.

    I taught swimming lessons for years and years while I was in high school and college. I really loved teaching children to swim but I also found it extremely rewarding to teach adults to swim as well.

    Best of luck to ya'
  • biYguy

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    Sep 20, 2013 6:26 PM GMT
    I learned how to swim two years ago. My teacher was excellent. I took two 30 minute private lessons. In the first lesson, she broke down the front crawl stroke for me and gave me some pool exercises to do on my own. I worked on the exercises for a couple of weeks and then had my second 30 minute lesson. In the second lesson, she showed me how to put it all together. The trickiest part for me was getting the breathing right.

    Today, my routine includes doing laps in the pool, normally twice a week, about 2 km each time.

    Good luck and enjoy!
  • LJay

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    Sep 20, 2013 6:32 PM GMT
    Good on ya, UK Fella! Even simple swimming is great fun.

    I am not a good swimmer, but I can swim for safety's sake. It is just a good thing to know how to do.

    The college I graduated from required a Red Cross Intermediate Swimming Certificate for graduation. One fellow, I remember, had not done it and just barely got in under the wire with some private coaching at the last minute.
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    Sep 20, 2013 7:26 PM GMT
    Huge congrats to you for deciding to learn to swim! Never too late. You'll always be happy that you did this. You can now have fun in water and not be afraid of it.

    I learned (against my will) at age 5. I'm glad I did. My inclination at the time was to avoid it. I was scared of the deep end of pools. Later I became a very good swimmer and water polo player in high school & college. Funny to think I was once afraid of water. Sometimes we have to force ourselves to get over things.
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    Sep 20, 2013 10:35 PM GMT
    Thanks guys for the comments
  • BillandChuck

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    Sep 20, 2013 10:40 PM GMT
    Hey good for you. Chuck learned to swim during training in officer's school as a college undergrad at 18 years old. Now, if there's water anywhere close, it's difficult to keep him out of it. Glad you "took the plunge" and hope you love it.
    (P.S.: No "watersports" jokes, guys! icon_lol.gif )
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    Sep 20, 2013 10:45 PM GMT
    I was a self-taught and terribly inefficient swimmer until taking lessons my 40s. But I love the water and so finally learning how to swim correctly made a huge difference. Hope it goes well for you.
  • cageym

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    Sep 20, 2013 10:47 PM GMT
    Good for you! My mom grew up in a household where there was a lot of fear of water. She never got over it. To her credit, however, she assured that her kids were all exposed to water and made to feel comfortable in it from an early age. I'm so grateful for that, not only because I enjoy being around and in water, but swimming is also now such an important part of my workout routines. It really is a great alternative to all those hours on a bike and the squats, lunges, etc. Anyway, I hope you love it. We have such an elemental connection to water!

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    Sep 21, 2013 2:35 AM GMT
    ME! i really dont know how to swim and never played a sport.

    seeing how swimmers body look like, i really now want to learn how to swim. When i finally learn how to drive on my own, i will enrol myself in a swimming lesson and swim as my form of excercise when im already a pro. icon_smile.gif

    i also wanna experience swimming a listening to waterproof mp3 player. i bet it would be awesome!
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    Sep 21, 2013 2:48 AM GMT
    I use to teach lessons to young kids, some with autism, such a rewarding experience. But there were also Adult classes as well! I was just talking to someone at work about this today, you are never too old to learn anything. Good for you for learning!!
  • Timbales

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    Sep 21, 2013 2:56 AM GMT
    No, I learned to swim as a kid, but someone told me something once:

    You're never to old to start something. Like if something is going to take you a year to accomplish - a year from now you're going to be a year older anyway. Why not have accomplished something?
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    Sep 21, 2013 5:45 AM GMT
    I do not know how to swim either. I have a phobia of deep water. Congrats to you for learning, hopefully some day I can conquer that phobia and give it a go.
  • Beeftastic

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    Sep 21, 2013 7:37 AM GMT
    biYguy saidI learned how to swim two years ago. My teacher was excellent. I took two 30 minute private lessons. In the first lesson, she broke down the front crawl stroke for me and gave me some pool exercises to do on my own. I worked on the exercises for a couple of weeks and then had my second 30 minute lesson. In the second lesson, she showed me how to put it all together. The trickiest part for me was getting the breathing right.

    Today, my routine includes doing laps in the pool, normally twice a week, about 2 km each time.

    Good luck and enjoy!


    That's awesome! You took to it like a duck to water icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 21, 2013 11:52 AM GMT
    I still do not know how to swim. The sad thing is I now live an a region with 2 lakes and 2 rivers and all sorts of water based outdoor activities, so I must learn to swim soon.

    I was going to this past summer, but life seems to get in the way.
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    Sep 21, 2013 1:58 PM GMT
    One of the local universities near me offer adult swimming lessons, which start this Monday! :-( So nervous, even more so if I get a place in under two days time! $72 (£45) for ten lessons (lessons will be every Monday with a group of ten)
  • biYguy

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    Sep 21, 2013 3:14 PM GMT
    [quote]tuckers_kahuna said[/cite]


    That's awesome! You took to it like a duck to water icon_smile.gif[/quote]

    Not really. I usually swim in a pool with a water depth of 1.2 m. However, sometimes I use a pool with a water depth 1.7 m. and I am still uncomfortable in this deeper water. Deep water still scares me!