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Learning To Swim - The Fast Way

When I was 11, my father, John, took me to Spain on holiday for a week and it was there that he taught me how to swim. He could’ve swum for England and he had HIS father to thank for that.

When John was a child, my grandfather took him to the end of Clacton pier and threw him off into the sea, forcing my father to literally sink or swim. I think it was a little harsh but my grandfather wasn’t trying to drown his only child or anything like that, he just wanted to teach him how to swim. And it worked.

Thankfully, my father took a different approach when teaching me. And when I learnt, he had a difficult time getting me out of the pool. I loved it so much. I wasn’t, and am still not the strongest swimmer but I can make it from one side of the pool to the other without incident.

I haven’t been swimming since 2010 and I do miss it. My boyfriend has said how much he wants to go to the local baths with me and I’m hoping to get there soon.

Can you swim? And if so, do you enjoy it?

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JoeBananas wrote on November 21, 2014, 12:46 PM

I've often heard of people throwing their children 'in at the deep end' in order to get them swimming. I could never do such a thing, even in a swimming pool, as the consequences could be utterly horrific.

Madcanman wrote on November 22, 2014, 6:10 AM

My father (and I use that term very, very loosely) used to do such things. He also forced us to box each other. He was a Golden Gloves boxer and wanted us to follow in his footsteps whether we wanted to or not.

Ellis wrote on November 22, 2014, 10:50 AM

I learnt to swim by accident when I was eight...had a face-mask and snorkel and fake leopard skin swimming trunks from Woolworths.....and was scanning the depths of the seabed at about 18 inches of water and under the gentle wave power of the Med, drifted out a bit and realized my arms were no longer supporting me...and I was off like a

opa_js wrote on November 22, 2014, 11:12 AM

Swimming is a good exercise is unwind oneself, if you get too stressed at work. I kind of love it now adays.
When I was little, I was afraid of the water, I can't swim.
I manage to learn to swim at the age of 17.

opa_js wrote on November 22, 2014, 11:13 AM


Hollyhocks100 wrote on June 8, 2015, 3:46 AM

I´ve heard of that too, thankfully I doubt most people go in for throwing their kids in at the deep end these days. I love to swim, and years ago when i liven in Bognor Regis I swam so far out to sea I almost made it to a buoy, but then I started to think i had gone too far and swam back to shore.