Question of the day from SKL

Can you swim?  If yes, how did you learn?

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27 Responses to Question of the day from SKL

  1. Joy says:

    I can swim. I love to swim and was a life guard and swimming teacher for a while. I learned from Red Cross lessons. Pool lessons.

  2. Vicki says:

    I can swim too, as a kid and living near the lake I was put in swimming lessons every year and loved it.

  3. Ellen says:

    We learned it at school, at the age of 10. Pretty late, to nowadays standards. I like to swim too.

  4. SKL says:

    I can swim, I guess. When I was a kid, we all went to the neighborhood public pool where you could get in at 8 years old without a parent. (NOBODY brought a parent to the pool in those days!). So my older brothers and neighbors gave me a few pointers and then I was on my own. I don’t have the best technique, I’m sure, but I can get from one end of the pool to the other without drowning.

  5. mssc54 says:

    I kinda knew but I really learned when I went into the US Navy bootcamp in June 1972.

  6. Jenny says:

    No I don’t know how to swim. Don’t really care for lakes either. I prefer to swim in pools. I feel much safer in a pool because of the sides than a lake.

    • Joy says:

      I’m not crazy about lakes either Jenny. I HATE weeds and I’ll only jump off the boat if other people are in the water first. I won’t ever jump first.

  7. Karen Joy says:

    I can swim.When I was a kid(can’t remember the age)my brother in law(now ex brother in law)picked me up and threw me into the lake off the dock.That was him teaching me how to swim.Well I think I just doggie paddled or something to save my life as he looked on but somewhere along the way I did learn to swim and I love it.

  8. Laura says:

    My parents had me in the water from my very first summer… I was six months old. And my dad was a high school teacher, and his school had “open pool” days almost weekly, so I spent my entire childhood in the water. I joined a swim team when I was about ten, and also swam on the team in high school. I absolutely love it, and lap-swimming is still my favorite form of summer exercise. (I like the water in winter, too, but prefer to be gliding across it on blades…)

  9. starlaschat says:

    Yes I learned as a wee tike. I like floating and wadding not a real big fan of swimming although I know all the strokes the the frog and the side stroke.

  10. Nikki says:

    I know how to swim. No one ever taught me. Swim lessons aren’t as big where I grew up like they are here. I figured that’s because of the amount of lakes there are here. We strictly had pool or creeks to swim in. One lake we had to go to, Folsom Lake, but we very rarely went there. I do enjoy swimming in pools, but I do NOT like lakes or any kind of open water. I’d never jump off a boat and swim in the middle of a lake. When we were younger, Jason, Toby and I…and Sue maybe (I can’t remember) would use life-jackets like diapers and swim to the middle of the lake they had their cabin on. I still can’t believe I did that…peer pressure!

    • Joy says:

      We still wear the “diapers” if we jump in in the middle of the lake. I’m sure they make them like that somewhere. If not, we should patten that.

  11. Joy Rehnee says:

    When I was in grade school in Southern California, I took swimming lessons at the YMCA. Getting there was an adventure to begin with, as my Granny and I rode the public bus. You would not believe some of the stuff I witnessed while riding through many “rough” neighborhoods. Keep in mind, this was during a time of tremendous racial tension (I watched the Watt’s riots from my bedroom window), free love and drugs. But a long, hot ride with a bunch of reprobates wasn’t going to stop a tough Grandmother from Kentucky. I really hated that darn rubber swimming cap too, which you were forced to wear in the pools. But I was afraid a family member would just throw me into the middle of a river and let me “figure it out”, which was supposedly how they did in the country.

    The swimming instructor was another life lesson. He was young and gorgeous, but also an amputee. When he would take off his prosthesis, I was fascinated and horrified at the same time. I had to be “rescued” once, because I was underwater gawking at his stump and panicked. Life is strange though, because I went on to become a Physical Therapist!

    Anyhow, I love to swim, but I still keep my head out of the water and look like a dork. My boys received lessons as infants. It all started with blowing in their faces and dunking them. So scary for a mom, but they were both swimming in no time and they both swim like fish now.

  12. Joy Rehnee says:

    Also, I forgot to ask—What are the “diapers”? Perhaps you might find a new niche and fill it.

    • Joy says:

      LOL!! We call them diapers. We wear life jackets upside down. We put our legs through the arm holes, pull them up and snap them and that way they hold us up from the bottom and our arms are free and it’s not tight around our necks.

  13. Joy Rehnee says:

    I’m just very jealous that you can get your legs through an arm hole!

  14. I can swim ^_^. I learned with those little puffy things on my arms that kept me up and…. well, I think I took swimming lessons at some point, but I don’t remember it. It feels like I’ve always known how to swim!

  15. SKL says:

    Being in open water doesn’t bother me at all. The only thing is, there have been times when I was a teen and overestimated my swimming ability, LOL. Well, I obviously always made it alive, but not without a lot of hyperventilating. Remember I said I don’t have great technique! But what I’d do is flip over and swim on my back if I got tired, or swim underwater, because somehow I find those ways a lot easier. I never actually learned how to “float” (without paddling), so that wasn’t an option. I sometimes get scared in open water that I’ll lose my sense of direction, but so far I haven’t made any fatal errors.

    • SKL says:

      Actually, open water bothers me less than the chlorine in the pools. Is it just me, or do they use way too much chlorine in public pools? I know some kids pee in there, but at some point the bleach has to be more unhealthy than the pee.

      • Joy says:

        The thought of swimming in pee really gets to me but so does the smell of chlorine. It seems some places are very strong.

      • Laura says:

        I was in a hotel pool on Saturday and there was so much chlorine in the water that it tasted like salt. We took showers after using the pool and STILL smelled like chlorine for a full day after

        • Laura says:

          I wonder if there’s a guideline or a rule or something that dictates the maximum amount of chlorine allowed in public pools? Maybe THAT’S a law that should be made.

          • Joy says:

            I can remember when I smoked, I’d taste chlorine for days after just being near a public pool

            • Nikki says:

              I can’t tell you the last time I was in a public or hotel pool. I prefer private pools, and deal with the chlorine and possible pee. I don’t even do that, often. I like to see where my feet are, and what is around me. I particularly do not like little fishy’s nibbling at me either!

  16. lucy says:

    I would also love to see a picture of the “diapers” :p

    I can swim. I learned at a very young age..taking swim lessons and then I continued to learn at school. I love being in the water now..although the ocean and lakes kinda freak me out.

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