I Am Deathly Afraid of Swimming Pool Drains

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    I'm amazed that I'm not the only one

    who has this phobia! I cannot swim anywhere near drains/vents in a pool either. Now I just don't go to swimming pools at all to avoid them. It's got nothing to do with water - I live next to the ocean and love swimming at the beach. I always used to scout out a pool before I got...
    firefox5050 firefox5050
    31-35, M
    1 Response Jun 23, 2015

    I Just Can't Stand Swimming Pool Drains !

    I basically don't know why I'm so scared of pool drains.nothing really happened I just felt like it was going to suck me in...?:s
    Mystery1girl Mystery1girl
    13-15, F
    1 Response Aug 3, 2012

    I Been Watching A Manager Touching The Pool Drain

    This was very interesting to see today at the swimming pool. The Deep end at this pool is 3.8 Meters deep and there is 4 white pool drains. The Deep end is closed to us in this club I am apart of and I been wondering why someone was swimming in the closed off deep end. Then next...
    Vinnie01 Vinnie01
    31-35, M
    1 Response Jul 29, 2012

    I'm just kinda scared of what may come out.

    .. Like a cockroach or a hissing waterbug... Ehhhh..
    DoorMattress DoorMattress
    16-17, M
    1 Response Jun 25, 2015

    Never Would Have Thought

    I'm glad ther are others out there to share this with. There needs to be a name for this pool phobia or drain etc I cannot will not go near the deep end of a pool specially really deep ones but it's not the drain particularly but I have a thing about water slides from indoor...
    Chriscaudill Chriscaudill
    26-30, M
    1 Response Sep 29, 2013

    I completely despise pool drains,

    as long as I can remember I could not swim near them or even look at them. I know its irrational but I have no logical reason for why I fear them ,I just do. I used to have these nightmares where I would be in an abandoned swimming pool at night and there were drains everywhere...
    joseph09809 joseph09809
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Oct 8, 2015

    Did Anyone Think Monsters Live Down The Pool Drain Or Dreamed Of It

    As I just reflected on this weird dream that I had when I must been about 7 or something I am 32. This time the pool had massive black drains, and when I dreamed of this. This reflection on this weird dream was caused by seeing lights turned off as they closed the pool earlier...
    Vinnie01 Vinnie01
    31-35, M
    Jul 24, 2012

    I can't believe that I'm not the only one

    who has this; I've always been afraid of them, but now that I'm older, I'm not so much scared as I am weary of being near them. For me, I think it's the idea that the water goes into the unknown once it goes through the drain.
    zydeko zydeko
    Jun 23, 2015

    Yes Yes Yes!

    Yes! I remember as a child being so afraid of them. They hurt so badly when you get stuck to them. Oh my. Now when I get anywhere near them, I have to check if there is a cap on them.
    Allergic Allergic
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Sep 22, 2011

    They still scare me. I'm always afraid

    that someone will decide to drain the pool while I'm in it. This would create a whirlpool that I would desperately try to swim out of. I know this is an irrational fear, and I probably wouldn't even fit in the drain. It's not like I'm not going to get in a pool. Please. I love...
    NoDaveParty NoDaveParty
    26-30, M
    3 Responses Jan 24, 2016

    It's Just The Way They Look And Feel

    I'm not worried about being sucked in or anything. I just can't stand that they are different from the rest of the bottom of the pool and they feel different. I can deal with drains if they are in 1-2 feet of water, like in a kiddie pool. If they are in water even as deep as a...
    minicop9 minicop9
    1 Response Aug 14, 2011

    All I could imagine when it came to being near

    the drain was that scene on Jaws when a diver is swimming around a ship wreck and a decapitated human head suddenly appears and its eyes are all white!
    sultryhue sultryhue
    36-40, F
    Oct 13, 2015

    Yep, Strange Phobia!

    For as long as I can remember, I have been deathly afraid of swimming pool drains. It's not that they could suck me down... Nothing logical about it. No. In fact, I am just afraid of THEM. The way they ripple under the water. The way they are huge and dark and...
    spankipie spankipie
    31-35, F
    50 Responses Jan 28, 2009

    You Can Thank My Father For That One

    We used to live in Casa Grande, Arizona; therefore everyone had a swimming pool in their backyard. Ever since I can remember, my father used to say that if I swam too close to the drain, that I'd get sucked in. I was scared as a child. As a preteen, we lived in Colorado...
    HypeArt HypeArt
    18-21, F
    9 Responses Jan 30, 2009

    My fear originated from

    when I was little. I was at this cabin resort place and in the pool. I had on my life jacket and was swimming across the pool in laps. I stupidly decided to make a game out of it and pretend that the pool drain was a tornado that was trying to suck me in if I didn't swim over...
    lopsidedflower lopsidedflower
    16-17, F
    1 Response Jan 23, 2016

    Those Things Are Evil!

    YAY there are other people out there with the same fear!! I have always been afraid of swimming pools mainly because my dad and uncle kept saying "YOU'LL GET SUCKED IN!!!" I also hate how creepy the deep water looks you're swimming up at the top and look down 15ft to the bottom...
    s3xyrixa s3xyrixa
    22-25, F
    Oct 31, 2010

    Deathly Drains!

    I am so afraid of pool drains! I have panic attacks if i am near them!
    nbecker04 nbecker04
    1 Response Jul 10, 2011
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