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when/how did you learn to swim? #6553951
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My oldest 2 kiddos are wanting to learn to swim this summer, they're 7 and 6. They love the water, so hopefully it won't be too hard. We're not paying for a pool membership, so they'll just have to learn at a local lake or the river. Nobody really taught me how to swim, I just kinda figured it out on my own splashing around in the pool as a kid. Curious how everyone else learned?

Re: when/how did you learn to swim? [Re: loosegoose] #6553960
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I donít swim. Never learned and have no current plan to. And I make my living on the water. I wear flotation. Even in the rain.

Re: when/how did you learn to swim? [Re: loosegoose] #6553965
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we pretty much just learned in the river

there was some basic instruction from parents - kick your feet and flap your arms - keep trying until you get it


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Re: when/how did you learn to swim? [Re: loosegoose] #6553966
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I did the whole Red Cross Program and all the levels through the local YMCA, was a water safety instructor, Lifeguard and competitive swimmer for 15 years and DO NOT care to ever get in a body of water to swim EVER again. Check with your local Red Cross to see if anything is available near you.


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Re: when/how did you learn to swim? [Re: krispcritter] #6553971
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Grew up in a region with very few lakes and thus did not learn to swim until I was high school age working on a farm where the wife was a great swimmer as a younger person in a major city. Still not an accomplished swimmer but can reach shore if need be. Our two children had swimming in summer school when they were in about 3rd-5th grade.

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Re: when/how did you learn to swim? [Re: loosegoose] #6553972
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Was thrown in at age 4 while the old man said sink or swim lol, good times.....


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Re: when/how did you learn to swim? [Re: loosegoose] #6553977
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The will to survive is strong in the human race...even toddlers pick it up pretty quick. My 4 year old swims enough if thrown in the deep water he can swim to shore or a stump to hold on to. Taught as I was...thrown in and sink or swim. I will say this, some people are naturally buoyant and some arenít. Luckily all my kids floated back to the top and eventually figured out pitching a fit wasnít getting them any closer to shore. Now I have to really watch the 4 year old...heíll jump in no matter the depth!

Re: when/how did you learn to swim? [Re: loosegoose] #6553990
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After the first time dad had to dive in fully clothed to fetch me after walking off the end of the pier.
Fortunately mother spent her high school years as a life guard at Weeki Watchi (home of the mermaid show) springs and was an excellent swimmer. I used to swim the Warrior bank to bank as a kid, made sure my oldest two could do the same before we moved away.

Re: when/how did you learn to swim? [Re: loosegoose] #6554007
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Being thrown in and told to "sink or swim" has got to be the worst thing a person could do. This is akin to letting a first shooting experience being a hard recoiling firearm-likely their last. Learn to float first then progress through learning basic strokes and kicks. Everyone should learn to swim and not fear the water.

Re: when/how did you learn to swim? [Re: loosegoose] #6554028
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i can't remember a time before swimming lessons so maybe I was 4 or maybe it was earlier yet.
the village used to have an indoor pool and remember taking lessons there.
when the village pool closed my parents , uncle and grand parents took turns driving myself and cousins to swimming lessons over the summer.

my dad was a life guard for a while , I stopped just short of becoming a certified lifeguard.

knowing how to swim and being a strong swimmer was important.

my kids all started swimming lessons as toddlers and went through about age 10 , then were on swim team for a while. all are decent swimmers.


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Re: when/how did you learn to swim? [Re: coonlove] #6554030
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Originally Posted by coonlove
Being thrown in and told to "sink or swim" has got to be the worst thing a person could do. This is akin to letting a first shooting experience being a hard recoiling firearm-likely their last. Learn to float first then progress through learning basic strokes and kicks. Everyone should learn to swim and not fear the water.



just as it ruins many people form ever shooting again it does the same for many swimmers , this is how my wife was taught , not good .

if you have kids early swimming lessons they are used to the water before they even knew to fear it.


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Re: when/how did you learn to swim? [Re: loosegoose] #6554033
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I have an older brother fifteen years my senior. He took me and a couple of siblings swimming. I jumped off the deep side of the wharf not knowing how deep it was. I couldn't swim. He did a head count just in time to see me bobbing...probably for the last time had he not plucked me out. I wasn't frightened at all but I was terribly embarrassed by it. He made me go back in. I learned to swim.

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I can't remember where but recently I read were it is important to teach our children to swim. I learned from a very young age and being around water as much as I am, I can see where it is something everyone should know how to do. I'm not belittling anyone that doesn't or hasn't had the opportunity to learn to swim.

If it was me I would pay for lessons for those children if it was me. To learn the right way and some safety aspects and to get introduced to helping a drowning victim. It is something that might come in handy for those children at some point in their lives and for their own kids someday. I beleive the more exposure we can give our children and learning experiences the better it will be for them. JM2Ę

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Re: when/how did you learn to swim? [Re: loosegoose] #6554054
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My Dad took me swimming and taught me when I was a small kid.I remember swimming at 5 years old but likely learned before that.
In my teens I could swim for miles without tiring out.Used to swim across the lake and back where we had a cabin a few times a week,it was about 2 miles across.
Pretty much lived on the water as a teenager in summer doing canoe trips,fishing,noodling for turtles and killing bullfrogs(froglegs) with bow or club from the canoe and in spring and fall hunting and trapping around the lake.
I never took official "swimming lessons" ,but I think it would be good for a kid,7 or 8 years old or older to learn.

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Re: when/how did you learn to swim? [Re: loosegoose] #6554087
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I started taking swimming lessons at 4 months old and continued until after I was a sophomore in high school. From around 10 until I stopped at around 15, I swam laps for 90 minutes, with some breaks, 5 days a week, during the Summer, as long as the weather was good. It's probably been 20 years, since the last time I swam now.

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If I am swimming these days, something has gone terribly wrong.

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Originally Posted by loosegoose
My oldest 2 kiddos are wanting to learn to swim this summer, they're 7 and 6. They love the water, so hopefully it won't be too hard. We're not paying for a pool membership, so they'll just have to learn at a local lake or the river. Nobody really taught me how to swim, I just kinda figured it out on my own splashing around in the pool as a kid. Curious how everyone else learned?


I taught myself to swim. I practiced swimming with a life jacket on quite a few times. Once I thought I had the hang of it, tried without the jacket. It was a little scary at first, until I realized I could really swim without any assistance.


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Re: when/how did you learn to swim? [Re: loosegoose] #6554109
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Maybe we were just bred different back in the day. I and all my kids love the water and have no fear of it. And my kids could shoot a .300RUM at 5 or 6...itís not the recoil that scares kids, itís the noise. Great hearing protection and theyíll fire 50BMG and laugh.

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I am one of the people with zero buoyancy. Went to lessons 2 years wouldn't work. I was always very athletic but won't float as soon as I move.
I made sure my daughters got good lessons early on as I did not want all of us to drown trying to pull them from water.
The lessons in my mind are very cheap insurance no matter the cost!


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It was an accident, actually.
River was there, I was there and no one else was there.
Age 15. It helped that there was also a gravel bay downstream a bit.

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