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   Posted 4/15/2009 12:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Can you swim?? Do or did you like to swim??? You don't have to be great at this...just stay afloat... idea How did you learn? Take lessons? Family member teach you? Or maybe you just watched others, jumped in and imitated them. Whatever your method, how did you learn and do you like it?

My parents sent my brother and I off to lessons 3 different summers and I was miserable! I had a fear of the water after being pushed in several times before so by the time I got to lessons I had no desire to jump in over my head, or any other place for that matter. These lessons were not in a nice, heated pool. One place was in the bay. Now salt water bays (read: Pacific Ocean) is NOT warm. Something like 52* year round. Way to cold for fun, The other two were at a local lake. You could not see the bottom and there were weeds down there you could feel with your feet. It still sends shivers up my spine. <shudder> One time we HAD to jump in and I was balking, someone pushed me....I got my feet in the weeds and had to be pulled out. So when we had picnics at different swimming places I just stuck to myself and enjoyed the edges.

But how I finally did learn to swim was at my grandmothers. She lived in a tiny cabin on a lake in norther Idaho. I would stay with her for a week or so in the summer time when I young. I always wore one of the life jackets she kept in the back room so neither her nor I would worry. One day I was paddling around and having a great time in the water. I was getting tired so I paddled to where I could stand up and take off the life jacket. Well, when I took it off and 'set' it on the SUNK! All that time I have been not only swimming but hauling around a waterlogged life tongue Right then I realized I could swim if I needed to. wink

To this day I love being AT the beach, not in the water. Besides, it's still wayyyyy tooooo cold. <brrrrr>

Anyone else like to swim???
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   Posted 4/15/2009 1:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, I used to be like a fish (after I cleaned out my toe jams smilewinkgrin - couldn't resist!). We had a small pool in the backyard and that's how I learned to swim. Or rather where. A priest actually taught me!

When I was younger I loved the water. Even had a small sailboat (very small) in my early 30's, but then didn't use it much so I sold it. Now I really don't have much desire. No desire to go to a pool - lug all my clothes and such, and even though I have a Great Lake within a short walk it's rocky on the bottom, often dirty and now very, very cold!

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   Posted 4/15/2009 1:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Don't like to swim, never had lessons and have bad bad feeling about pools, a bath tub I can handle a pool
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   Posted 4/15/2009 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   

I know how to swim but I am not fond of it, I live at a lake, but I never swim in it, they also have a pool and I don't swim in it either. I do wish I had a hot tub or a Jacuzzi though, that is more to my liking! Just sit in it, not to hot mind you, just nice and warm with a nice cool breeze blowing  to make being in the water feel that much better! Maybe even a nice glass of wine near by. It doesn't take much to make me happy! smilewinkgrin

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   Posted 4/15/2009 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Awe White Beard a man after my own heart...oh yeah Hot tub would be a good idea..
Now ya got me envious.........
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   Posted 4/15/2009 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I love to swim, I find water an amazing healer emotionally, just floating weightlessly on a beautiful warm sunny day, that glorious light reflecting off the sea, lifts my spirits enormously. I used to do laps as well and always found it very meditative, used to swim for half an hour before work most days but the ole body now finds laps a bit much. Still enjoy the sea as long as its warm and not too rough but still get great pleasure just being near water even if I'm not in it. Also learnt to swim in freezing cold water, the unheated school pool! I remember turning blue and having the shakes so badly afterwards struggling to get dressed. We were tough! My kids have learnt in a 32 deg celcius pool. (like a bath) You sweat if you really swim in it, end up feeling like a boiled lobster!!!

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   Posted 4/15/2009 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not a fan of swimming. My children on the other hand had lessons every summer for 4 years and competed on the local swim team. I made sure they had alot of swimming. But sorry not me
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   Posted 4/15/2009 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
You bet I can (or at least used to be able to)!

I used to compete at the USS senior national level. I swam year round from age 5 to 15 yrs, then I had my first severe shoulder injury & surgery. After that I had to stop swimming year round, but continued to swim for my high school, which was a mistake because I ended up with 2 more shoulder injuries and 2 more surgeries. My shoulders are fixed & healed, but I really can't swim at all anymore. I can only swim a few laps before I start getting a lot of pain & fatigue. I miss racing so much. It was my life for so long, and I was really good - in the top 100 in the nation in my age group and rising - & I hadn't reached my peak yet when I had my first injury. I always regret that I was forced to stop swimming, rather than having made the decision to stop. I always thought that I would at least swim through college. I got offered big swimming scholarships at all of the DI schools I applied to, but there is just no way my shoulders can handle it anymore, no matter how much I long to compete again.


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   Posted 4/16/2009 7:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Yep, I was like Skeye. I swam in competition from age 4 all the way through college. I went to college on a full ride. I went to Springfield College in Mass. where basketball was invented, is the national YMCA center and the number #1 phys ed school in the nation while I was there. We were in the NCAA division #2 because of our size but competed with lots of division #1 schools and beat most of them. We were New England Champs 3 out of the 4 years I swam there beating schools like Brown, Yale, Havard & Dartmouth. I finally won my best event my senior year after missing 1/2 the season with bleeding ulcers and depression after my Dad died of prostate cancer. I won the 100yard breaststroke breaking the New England and NCAA division #2 records. That was in 1975, my coach wanted me to go for the 76 olympics but how was I going to support myself and train after school was over in the midst of the worst recession since the great depression?? So I went to work for N.J. fish & Game and raised trout at the state hatchery for $68.00 a week and became extremely depressed! I started drinking, druging and crashing motorcycles and cars which broke about all my bones including my legs, arms, shoulders, neck, back, and shattered my pelvis. I spent most of the late 70's in and out of the hospital! My doc said I'd never walk normal again and would have serious problems when I got old! Can you say "death wish?" I lost my job, hitch hiked around the country on crutches and ended up in New Orleans after covering almost all the lower 48. I had a cousin w/ an oyster bar jazz club. I stayed there untill I could walk again. Burned my crutches on the Big "M" Levy! The whole story is much longer and involved but now you know why I post here and have so many pain issues! Sorry, I wasn't bragging about my swimming, I was just trying to explain the traggety that is my life!
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