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Yes I can

Desperately seeking another job, I blurted out: Yes I can, when asked by my would-be boss, if I can swim.

I had to lie. My previous engagement had just ended.

Thus, the beginning of my "liking" water, again. I nearly drown in a river when I was kid

As a young adult then, I still hadn’t acquired good swimming skills. No, I really don’t know how to swim. Save for some free strokes, and bobbing, almost kneeling, with only my head out, that was it for me: swimming in three-four feet beach water.

[Well, there was also the accumulated floodwaters in Espana Boulevard, which me and my fiends would call our pool. Back when I was a kid, Manila was way too clean, and floodwaters were not as murky. The ripples created by passing buses were our waves back then.]

I had to learn proper swimming because my work will involve marine waters and we were required to take SCUBA lessons.

A week before I was supposed to start work, I enrolled in swimming lessons. Because I had to, despite experiencing, again, nearly drowning while taking that one. I acted as if my life depended on it; heck, it did depend on it. Desperate times require drastic measures.

Moral: if push comes to shove: learn how to swim. Face your fears in chlorine-laden waters.

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VinceSummers wrote on January 25, 2016, 10:33 PM

To be honest (note the word play) honesty actually is the best policy, work or no work.

grandma20121 wrote on January 25, 2016, 10:45 PM

do not feel bad I learned to swim when I was 13 with a group of 5 year olds during swim lessons , i might have been the oldest one there but I did learn thats what counts

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 25, 2016, 10:51 PM

I have never learned to swim at all. Was not allowed in chlorinated water as a kid and have never bothered with it since

vanGogh wrote on January 25, 2016, 11:50 PM

even if my my livelihood and life depended on it?...even though i was able to square it with my phobia?...Ok..Ok.. no amount of excuses and justifications

vanGogh wrote on January 25, 2016, 11:53 PM

come on, retire on a nice idyllic island setting, get yourself a swimming teacher: now that one should be in a bucket list

vanGogh wrote on January 25, 2016, 11:56 PM

now that is swimming; it gets more exhilarating when you learn to scuba dive; totally different world down there...there ought to be lessons for grandamas

BeckyWiegers wrote on January 26, 2016, 8:00 AM

Amazing how brave desperation can make us!