I Am Deathly Afraid of Swimming Pool Drains

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    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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
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