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I Almost Drowned

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    And This Is Why I Don't Swim Anymore

    So..I hadn't swam in a long time.  The first week of school some friends and I went to the school pool but that was it. Then, halfway through Spring Semester different friends and I went to the ocean.  It was beautiful and we were having fun.  Until we realized...
    axelval axelval 18-21, T May 14, 2010

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    My Brother God Rest His Soul

    my story is ....... one of my 6 brothers died in a lake ( drowned ) he was only 9 years old....very sad .. when they brought his body out of the water it was black and swollen, 4 times bigger then its normal size, his beauitful snow white hair   ( tow headed as they say in the...
    Asianblue Asianblue 41-45, F 9 Responses Jul 18, 2011

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    Almost Drowned At 18.

    I've been a decent swimmer all my life, I just have one drawback... I can't go underwater without holding my nose. I've tried and I've practiced for years each summer and I still can't get the hang of it. 6 years ago I was swimming with my boyfriend(at the time) and his cousins...
    sunnierae2010 sunnierae2010 22-25, F Apr 26, 2012

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    I Almost Drowned During Day Camp.

    Well, this experience took place around 7-8 years ago, when my parents didn't trust me to stay home by myself. I had to go to day camp, which wasn't bad. I had my good days there, and my bad days there. One of my bad days was while we were swimming in the YMCA'S indoor pool. It...
    GFan219 GFan219 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 26, 2013

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    My parents were one of those parents

    who wanted to give their kid an early jump with swimming lessons. To be honest, I don't really remember the exact age I was trucking, but I do know it was before grade one. So, the parents enlisted me for swimming lessons with my friend Robyn, and together we would concur that...
    Linxer Linxer 26-30, F Feb 7

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    Yes

    I almost drowned in out door swimming pool
    mother1983 mother1983 26-30, F 9 Responses May 22, 2008

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    i was about 6 years old

    and i was living in Montana, my dad took me to this hot spring place and him and his friends were chatting it up while i was left all alone and ignored. i got really bored really fast with my 6 year old attention span and i started to jump around in the pools, ledge to ledge. i...
    Shadowfame Shadowfame 13-15, M 1 Response Feb 9

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    The Creek

    Back in summer of 1991 when I was 6 I was with my dad and uncle who were cutting wood near a creek at my grandfathers farm. I was close to the creek throwing sticks to my uncles dog when I lost my footing and fell in. The creek water was dark and murky. My dad and uncle heard...
    TotallyAmazing TotallyAmazing 22-25, M 1 Response Nov 11, 2009

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    I had 5 nearly drowned experiences.

    (well, you can say I'm lucky to be alive) 1 was in recently, I can remember quite clearly the moment of death I experienced when the water was over my head. These experiences mainly occurred in the olympic size swimming pool (the one that has a 1.8m depth). I had my first few...
    momentoffear momentoffear 22-25 Dec 20, 2013

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    it has been a long time

    since i really thought about this in detail. i was 7 years old in summer camp. everyday we went to a huge indoor pool for about an hour or so. i was learning how to swim to the point that i was able to jump in the pool and swim to the counsiler. one day unsupervised, as all...
    smognote smognote 41-45, M Jan 14

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    Monday Was Almost the Last Day of My Life!

    Monday, Aug. 4, 08, I almost drowned!  I was whitewater rafting with my family and we were going down the river in our ducky, a two man raft shaped like a canoe.  We got over to the side and got stuck on a log in the water and the water was deep.  Dummy me decided...
    Nesryn Nesryn 46-50, F 2 Responses Aug 7, 2008

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    Rip Current

    This week I am on my senior trip with about 10 other girls. We are down in Florida staying with my grandma. I have always been a good ocean swimmer because I never panic. So today me and three other girls were swimming out in the ocean and I swam out deep with my friend Anna. We...
    Kitkat1995 Kitkat1995 18-21 May 30, 2013

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    D

    I remember swimming in my grandparents pool at the age of four. For some reason, I decided to try to dive to the bottom of her pool with floaties on. Anybody with common sense can realize this is a nearly impossible task; until you manage to flip completely upside down and get...
    Boxer22 Boxer22 22-25, M Nov 28, 2010

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    Chicken

    It was a warm summer day and my family and I decided to spend it having a cook out at my aunt's house. She also had a pool. Me and my cousins decided to jump in and mess around. We finally decided on playing a nice game of chicken. My younger cousin wanted to be the fighter, so I...
    ImNotAFake ImNotAFake 16-17, F 1 Response Oct 17, 2013

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    Two Scary Incidents

    I remember as a kid my parents getting a cabana at the Brighton Beach Baths in Brooklyn. They had a real large salt water pool by the boardwalk (they simply pumped the sea water into the pool). I don't remember how old I was at the time, but I couldn't have been more than eight...
    TetsuwanAtom TetsuwanAtom 56-60, M Apr 28, 2012

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    First Time Rafting

    I just went rafting for the first time, with about 15 other people, including small children. We were going on a mild river, where it started out pretty shallow with big rocks on teh bottom. Because there was so many of us, we took three rafts. We started out, and our raft gets...
    tacimaci tacimaci 13-15, F Sep 9, 2012

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    I Felt My Life Slip Away As I Almost Drowned!

    Me, my sister, her boyfriend, my two nieces and nephew went to this water park last weekend, in Daytona called the Daytona Lagoon. So the park have a big wave pool that goes from 2ft deep all the way up to 6ft deep, and me my nephew and nieces were in this big wave pool and...
    Mona904 Mona904 22-25 Jul 29, 2010

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    Recently.

    My mom, my dad and I were at the beach. I was playing on the sand while the waves occasionally came to the shore. My legs were dirty from the sand after sitting on it, so I went into the water to wash it off. At that time, a particularly strong wave came and initially I thought...
    lntel lntel 18-21 1 Response Jan 23, 2013

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    Today At The Beach Was Insane.

    Today I went on the beach. For me a purpose of going on the beach is not sitting on it, sunbathing, reading a newspaper, but swimming. I swim all the time. However, up from today I might want to rethink idulging in the pleasure of swimming in deep water. Seeing I was suicidal...
    BridgeFan1994 BridgeFan1994 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 3, 2013

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    Surfing

    I was paddling out in overhead surf. I was unable to duckdive so I ditched my board behind me and dived under the wave with the leash tied to the board. Underwater I felt the leash snap. I knew this was bad. When my head popped up from under the wave I was hoping to see the...
    Surfdude80 Surfdude80 31-35 Sep 12, 2012

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    I Almost Drowned When I Was Nine.

    The pool was in a deed restricted community rec center, and my grandparents took me. My grandma could not swim. Grandpa could, but made no effort to teach me really. I could go off the steps in the pool in the shalow area and be fine. I could go until the water touched my chin...
    juliegirl22 juliegirl22 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 6, 2013

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    My View Of Life

    February 13, 2010 began like a normal Saturday. Except, I had to get up early and go to the dentist. After the dentist, I went to my friend Jackie's house. She had an indoor pool and we were planning on swimming. Shortly after I got there, our friend Lexi got there too. We were...
    EmylovesBen EmylovesBen 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 27, 2012

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    I remember we were still living up north,

    and my mom and dad took me to a lake. We were going to spend the day there, swimming and having a picnic. Dad was drunk, as usual, and at that age, I think I was 10, or 11, maybe even 12. I knew how to swim enough, not much, but dad wanted to teach me how to swim better, and he...
    NYSlilAngel NYSlilAngel 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 13

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    Couldn't Swim

    On my eighth birthday, which had been a warm June afternoon, my friend had had a end-of-school pool party. This one girl there knew I couldn't swim and decided she would teach me. She pushed me into the deep end. I thought my life was over. I screamed and kicked and shouted as...
    alexandra61899 alexandra61899 13-15 2 Responses Jul 18, 2011

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    Underwater....

    It was September 11, 2009 when I almost drowned. My fiancee and I were going for some food around 11pm that night. The town we were going to was on a pennisula, so the road had the sea on both sides. The road has a lot of steep corners and not enough street lights. None...
    Bungy Bungy 22-25, F 3 Responses Sep 18, 2009

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    I Fell Asleep In The Bathtub

    When I was little I loved to take baths more than showers. I would stay and the bath tub and think about things. Well one time I took a bath really late at night. I felt so relaxed and the water was so warm; I fell asleep. When I woke up my head was almost fully submerged...
    OceanUndertow OceanUndertow 22-25, F Feb 22, 2012

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    Drown Crossing A Lake

    I had not slept the previous night and the twilight was passing into night as I began to cross a lake. Having just learned how to swim I was feeling naively confident in the challenge of crossing a - skinny - lake. My decision was ridiculous, but the lack of sleep clouded my...
    RandallSh RandallSh 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 1, 2013

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    Odd Place to Drown

    I almost drowned in the toilet when I was a baby. I crawled into the bathroom and I used my arms to hoist myself up to look into the toilet bowl. Then I slipped and fell head first into the toilet. I would have drowned for sure if my mom hadn't found me in time. You know you...
    HurricaneLeia HurricaneLeia 26-30, F 3 Responses Nov 14, 2008

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    It was a few months ago,

    during summer. We went up near a mountain to go camping and the area we set up in had a small river running through it, a stem to a larger one that had a lot of melted glacier water that ran off into it... so it was freezing, as you could imagine. I took the warnings for granted...
    Naxxaras Naxxaras 16-17, F Jan 8

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    Ex-lifeguard Nearly Drowned On Rafting Trip

    I never thought I'd be the kind of person who would panic in a water situation, but I went on a guided kayaking trip with my husband and I got dumped in a hole, which apparently is like a washing machine. It spits you out whenever it feels like it. I was pushing off of the bottom...
    tandemkas tandemkas 22-25, F 3 Responses Sep 13, 2011

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    Cramps At About 12 Yrs Old

    It was a hot day in northwestern pa and myself and 3 friends went to a pond down the road from us. We were having fun and diving off a diving board by the pond. This pond is a bit big and we all decided to float across it to the other side. We were all floating across and about 3...
    dickweed53 dickweed53 51-55, M 6 Responses Mar 3, 2013

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    When I Was 12 And No One Tried To Help Me!

    A little over 2 years ago I was on my end of the year excursion at school, it was to the Melbourne Aquatic center, back then I couldn't swim,I was in the deep pool and it was 5 meters deep, I was hanging onto the railing and got told off so I tried to get to the other side to...
    CGFE CGFE 16-17, F Jan 26, 2010

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    I Almost Drowned(Not Extreme)

    Actually, to this day I feel bad, but anyways. Once when I was 13 and I was swimming in the pool across the street from my house, I was playing some game, I forgot with my friends Allison (14) and Sydney(13), when my friend Allison was on top of me. I was trying to lightly...
    RestInPie RestInPie 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 26, 2013

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    Expect The Unexpected

    my friends used to always go to the rock corey and they would always ask me to get in, but i would say no. i knew how to swim, but always decided not to get in. the day came when i said yes and jumped in. they had all brought floating devices or gathered bottles to help them...
    ophiuchus1 ophiuchus1 22-25 2 Responses Apr 1, 2010

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    Saw My Life Flashing Before My Eyes

    So I went to the beach today and was swimming in the ocean with my brother, his girlfriend, and my cousin. As we were swimming whenever a big wave would come we would either swim over it or through it. As my brother and girlfriend got out of the water to put away the boogie...
    Apanda18 Apanda18 18-21 1 Response Aug 11, 2012

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    I Went Rafting.

    I had this bright idea to go rafting, i live in wisconsin so theres plenty of places to go. I called a few friends and at first there was spose to be 6 of us. 3 girls 2 guys, well saturday came and it ended up be only 3 girls but we decided to go anyway. It had rained for about 3...
    metoxen1980 metoxen1980 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 19, 2010

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    I Almost Drowned

    When I went to a water park in stoke on trent i was about 5. I thought that i could stand up in the water so i walked in then i was just floating in there with my eyes closed. sudenly i opened them and realised i was going down deeper underwater. i started to struggle and all the...
    alekslol alekslol 13-15 Feb 27, 2012

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    2 Times

    when I was six and was on an adult water ride at a theme park the woman who was supposed to be the adult supervising me, let me slip through the tube. I guess I had no real understanding of death or that this was a bad thing. But I calmly waited for someone to pull me out. It was...
    MrsRight MrsRight 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 29, 2010

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    Pleeeease...

    One day at my friends house i thought i would go into there pool. Well obviously it was very hot out. The only thing is that i didnt bring any swimming shorts. So i asked my mom but she said, no and i didnt have a change of clothes. However i thought it was okay because im a boy...
    Ughhhhhhhhhhh Ughhhhhhhhhhh 13-15, M Jun 26, 2012

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    Twice

    One time, I jumped into a lake when I was four. But, I was found and rescued. Another, when I was nine, I was at Myrtle Beach and a huge wave hit me and flipped me to the bottom of the ocean floor. I was flipped into a curled up ball on my back and struggled for a several minutes...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Apr 12, 2012

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    Big Waves

    Those are pretty big waves. I still remember coming to the beach, my mother and aunt, Monmouth beach, always good waves there, but really fierce looking today. My mom took me into the ocean. And she lost me there. I was only two years old. They say the lifeguard saved me...
    neodeno neodeno 41-45 1 Response Nov 29, 2010

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    Always Swim With A Friend..preferably Drunk..

    Was at the beach for 2 weeks during the summer when tropical storms were taking place in the distance although it didnt show here...being it was last day me and my friends decided to have one last swim in the ocean before heading home. Was dark out so it was hard to see how...
    Livefree93 Livefree93 18-21, M Jan 21, 2010

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    When I was about 8, my family was camping at a

    campground with a lake designated for swimming. I was bold enough to tell my father that I was going to swim across. To me it looked like a few hundred feet, but I am sure that it was only about 80 feet across. Everything looks bigger to kids, including your sibling's portion of...
    Karen3200 Karen3200 46-50, T Mar 2

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    I Almost Drowned

    When I was a kid I went swimming and I almost drowned.  I was bobbing up and down.  My brother yells he's got his glasses on.  I pass out and next thing I noticed was  me lieing on the ground and my Mom breathing air into me.  I realized what happened.
    aquarius3 aquarius3 61-65 1 Response Mar 20, 2012

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    Gulf of Mexico, on vacation.

    My first time to Florida. Fishing off of a sandbar and suddenly a riptide rushed in and filled behind us and eventually over my head and my Father and Brother, too. I held my then 7 yr old brother above water and took breaths while I pushed off of the ocean floor to jump up for...
    ThePenOfLight ThePenOfLight 26-30, M Jan 26

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    Scared Shitless Of River

    I have been blessed to have lived in a small town with lots of natural surroundings including rivers, mountains and lots of green cover. It was almost customary for me and my friends to go swimming in the river water during weekends.During one such fine day, our playful...
    surya555 surya555 36-40 Feb 2, 2012

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    I remember when i was

    either 6 or 7, my mother said that me, my sister and brother weren't supposed to be at the neighborhood pool. But one day me and my sister went anyway. I remember i walked down the stairs of the pool and i stepped down a 3rd stair without knowing it was the last one and it...
    Yogurtree Yogurtree 18-21, F Jan 29

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    I Was Drowned.....

    once wen i was14years old.my school went for a trip in hawaii...first thing we did was swimming in the beach!!!i didn't knew how to swim...but i ran towards the beach.suddenly something pulled me.i got drowned...luckily a little child told  her brother that a white body is...
    faintedgal faintedgal 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 11, 2008

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