Learning to Swim

I’ve written a few times before about my love hate relationship with water. I love the idea of being in a pool but when it comes down to it, I usually last ten minutes before getting back out again. This is mainly because I never learnt to swim as a child, I cobbled together a very slight swimming ability over the years but I don’t enjoy being in the water and I have absolutely no confidence in the water either. I can’t cope if I know I can’t touch the bottom of the pool and the sea absolutely terrifies me.

So now, at nearly thirty four, I have decided that something has to change. I have missed so much by not being able to swim properly and lacking water confidence – I missed snorkling with turtles on honeymoon, I always miss swimming with the children on holidays and weekends away and there is so much stuff that I would never, ever agree to do. Snorkling, diving, parasailing. My life is less full because I cannot swim properly.

But, in July that is changing. I have booked a week’s residential swimming course in Wales where I will, hopefully, gain confidence in the water, where I will learn actual swimming strokes and where I will, hopefully, start a new chapter of my life.

This sounds quite extreme. But, I have always felt that by not swimming my life isn’t completely fulfilled, I can never do everything I would like to on holiday and it has really held me back. I feel like a lesser person compared to others because I lack such a basic life skill. Plus, the children can now both swim. They have no fear in the water and they make me so proud week on week. I have lost count of the number of times I have cried at the side of the pool because their confidence in the water amazes me – and they are doing something that I have never been able to do. I cannot even jump into a pool or put my head under the water.

So I have high hopes of my week away. It could actually change my life and help me live a fuller life too. I cannot wait to drive to Wales and to, hopefully, come back with a new skill in my life.

Our Summer Holiday at Mark Warner's Lakitira Resort

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  1. May 9, 2018 / 9:52 am

    Good luck….It sounds like you are very determined. I have a feeling you will be swimming by the end of the course.
    I can swim….Well I think I can. I used to be able to but haven’t been swimming for years.

  2. May 11, 2018 / 8:15 pm

    My husband couldn’t swim when I met him, and he says it’s the best thing that I encouraged him to do. Sounds like a fantastic experience going away and concentrating on it. Best of luck Donna x

  3. May 13, 2018 / 11:57 pm

    Good luck with it. I was never really a swimmer as a child although I could swim, but I really enjoy just trawling up and down the pool. .A group of us go from work in the summer to the outdoor pool – that’s a killer at 50m and it takes me all summer to get in the lengths I should be vs when we start. I’m looking forward to N being good enough that I can swim and can leave him to it. He’s getting there, but after 7 years of lessons he’d only just done his 25m on his front – it’s painful. His back is much better and actually he’s got good technique. Unlike me – I can’t do crawl anymore, it kills me on the breathing.

    Mary was the same as you a couple of years ago and took lessons. She’s still not keen but it doesn’t scare her as much. I’m astounded by how many adults I’ve spoken to who can’t swim. I just thought it was something all children learnt (although despite swimming lessons at school I can’t actually remember being taught technique. Although I do remember learning (randomly) synchronised swimming moves.

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