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I Can't Swim

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    Nope. Can't swim. To be honest,

    I don't massively want to be able to, its hardly a skill I need. I can keep myself afloat, and I can move around a bit, but I can't do much more than that. I still enjoy going to the swimming pool and messing around, I'm not hydrophobic, I just can't do much more than doggy...
    InternationalDarkness InternationalDarkness 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 27

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    I never learned to swim.

    Correctly I should say. I can swim somewhat, but overall I'd call myself a weak swimmer. That's okay with me; I don't plan on doing any hardcore swimming. Over the summer I was supposed to go canoeing on a lake. When I got there and saw the deep, dark, choppy water I bailed...
    Sadie14 Sadie14 18-21, F 26 Responses Dec 16, 2013

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    Can't Float - So Can't Swim

    It helps to be buoyant, as most people are. I'm not, even in sea-water, so all my effort goes into staying on the top, so I tire within about 10 yards. I tried swimming-lessons and would watch enviously a trio of women in the adjacent lanes slowly but smoothly swimming two or...
    Perspicares Perspicares 56-60, M 1 Response Dec 22, 2012

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    "please Remove Your Child From This Swim Club!"

    I am 21 now and I’m still unable to swim, however this is not through lack of trying! My mother took me swimming regularly when I was baby, but apparently I used to be terrified of all the other kids, what with the splashing and noise.When I was a toddler, my parents...
    missahp missahp 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 27, 2010

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    Never Learned- I'm Serious

    Omg!! Never learned how to swim... I'm serious. What was I doing throughout my childhood... Maybe playing outside-yes, riding bikes- yes, going on vacations with my family- yes.... And in all the amusement park, bar-b-quest, rolling skating, bowling, circus,& carnival adventures...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jan 24, 2012

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    I'm So Happy!

    So I'm eighteen years old now, and since I can remember I have not been able to swim. My phobia developed somewhere around six years old. I was just playing on the edge of the water, since I didn't know how to swim at that time, and my dad jokingly pushed me in. Apparently he...
    CandyArsenic CandyArsenic 18-21, F Oct 24, 2011

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    Yes...i Really Can't Swim

    My parents have been so dissappointed that I can't swim that throughout my life, they have brought me to swimming lessons and everything but I just have never learned and being 17, I still can't swim...
    pinkbutterflyxox pinkbutterflyxox 16-17 2 Responses Jul 14, 2011

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    Not For My Life

    I went to the water park 2 weeks ago,with a friend,and well,me and her got into the wave pool,right...And we went all the way to the end of it,to the 6feet,I believe?And her,being 5'1" couldn't swim in it,but I could,and then,I drifted to the even deeper part,where I couldn't,and...
    NovemberHasCome NovemberHasCome 16-17, F 3 Responses Jul 8, 2012

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    I Love the Water But I Can't Swim

    I am NOT afraid of water, in fact I can float, I can snorkel, I dare to dive under water, I am not afraid. I can do basic breaststroke (without dipping yr face under water) and backstroke, but I can't swim FREESTYLE. I can't coordinate my...
    IndigoPeachblossom IndigoPeachblossom 36-40, F 2 Responses Mar 22, 2009

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    I Can't Swim At All Pretty Much! :(

    I'm 17 almost 18 in march and i can walk and run in it fine but if i try to float or lay on stomach and paddle and stuff i like freak out,i don't go down under the water but i just don't give it a chance i'm afraid of it i guess!? I soo wish i could swim! :(
    lukebryanfan94 lukebryanfan94 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 31, 2012

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    Just Can't Get Over It

    When I was around 5 I had a bad experience during swim lessons. My teacher dunked me under water after saying he wouldn't. I told him I was afraid and I trusted him. I couldn't go back after that. I tried to learn a couple of times and stop. I am 35 now and teaching my son to...
    SlickFX SlickFX 31-35, M 4 Responses Jan 3, 2013

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    I moved to aust from

    such country where i never tried to swim because of no swimming pool or beaches. I used to enjoy canal water sometime but never swam.. Now I want to swim properly. I have taken few lessons from Instructor but still cant breathe in water and feels like drowning.. I am trying my...
    DecentDeSiAussie DecentDeSiAussie 26-30, M Jan 3

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    I Couldn't Swim Even If My Life Depended On It...and It Sorta Does =(

    So I'm 16 now, and I still haven't learnt how to swim!! I was too afraid to get into the water when I was young, even though some of my relatives and my dad offered to teach me. Now I struggle with my inability to swim. I seem to have this ever-present fear of people...
    SireSkinnyman SireSkinnyman 16-17, M 1 Response Dec 10, 2009

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    I Hate It

    I dunno why I just always hated swimming. I had some traumatic experiences in swimming lessons growing up lol. I remeber when I was like 7 or 8 I had been taking lessons at the nearby pool for a while...they kept bumping me up into the more advanced levels even though I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 11 Responses Jan 9, 2008

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    When It Comes To Swimming...

    I'm one of those few who are classified as being unteachable. Even the Red Cross gave up on me. I took swimming lessons as a kid, but after several years the best I could do was hold my breath underwater for 4-1/2 minutes. When I was in my teens, my sister tried to teach me...
    Shuhak Shuhak 46-50, M 3 Responses Dec 12, 2011

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    Swimming

    When I was younger my sisters and I would go to our grandparents' every summer.  We'd always end up in the pool because we all loved the water.  I remember one time we were at my grandmothers' on my moms' side and my uncle was in the pool with us.  We used to all play in the...
    XxMuffinxX XxMuffinxX 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 7, 2011

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    But I Want to Learn Swimming.

    I am not getting time for this but i really want to learn swimming. May be I will learn it before my college graduation.
    Somexyz Somexyz 26-30, M 3 Responses Dec 27, 2008

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    Maybe A Different Approach To Learn...

    As a child I grew up with neither of my parents learning to swim. My mother was terrified of water and she terrified me if went anywhere near water. As far as I aware my older relatives could not swim so they gave me no confidence either. At school they tried to teach me but it...
    steamybrian steamybrian 56-60, M Nov 28, 2011

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    My Personel Story Living With Grief.....

    Hi, i am 35 years of age, happily married and have 5 children. However all this changed amlost 2 years ago on Australia Day. My beautiul 18mnth old baby boy drowned in our pool, we are no longer that family any more. We live with very heavy hearts and great surrow every day, 24...
    5jackovadia5 5jackovadia5 31-35 1 Response Nov 24, 2011

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    I Can'T Swim

    I have cerebral palsy.Its really hard to swim.I always wanted to swim but my ams and legs are just too weak.It's hard to doing anything athletic like running,swimming,and climbing up lots to steps.
    Oscarrios570 Oscarrios570 13-15, M Jan 28, 2013

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    Throw Me A Life Jacket

    It is so ******* hot I am almost willing to risk drowning.
    AwesomeAngel AwesomeAngel 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 29, 2012

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    I Can Easily Live Without It

    People cannot believe that I do not swim and have no desire to learn. I had experienced a traumatic event as a child, and I am fairly certain that the event has cemented my view of the water and swimming in a permanent fashion.I grew up in a neglected, basically unsupervised...
    lumpyhead lumpyhead 51-55 Jan 12, 2012

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    Thrown In

    I  was  always  told  that  everybody   can   swim.  Well   when  I  was  little   I  didn't  know  how  to  swim   My    family   ...
    rockybear397 rockybear397 47, F 1 Response May 2, 2008

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    I Really Can't

    My parents never put me through swimming lessons, and when people like my friends try to teach me i get soo frustrated. I really can't swim even if my life depended on it. I really want to learn how to swim.
    lemonilla lemonilla 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 10, 2010

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    My Ear Drum Is Damaged I Cant Swim Now

    my ear drum will not allow me to swim...I truly miss going for swims ....I used to love it.I hate a phobia for water for a long time after my little friend drown and then I learnt to swimwater still frightens meand so does my ear to be honest.
    czaristacrystals czaristacrystals 36-40, F Feb 28, 2012

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    I Still Can't...

    We went snorkeling last weekend and while waiting for our expert diving guide to arrive, my ADD kicks in convincing me that I should jump into the 20+ ft deep water with my life vest and flipper on. I wanted to learn how to swim or at least float in a deep water, thought it's...
    hopelessaddict hopelessaddict 26-30, F 2 Responses Aug 31, 2012

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    Despite Lots Of Trying, I Can't Really Swim

    I was always afraid of the water, though my two younger siblings could swim perfectly well.I avoided swimming lessons as a child.  At about 12 I quit after one lesson in a large municipal outdoor pool, after which my mother was so angry she tried to make me put my face in the...
    olderbeginner olderbeginner 61-65 8 Responses Jul 14, 2011

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    In High School

    I was in high school in N.J.R.O.T.C went to ILLS. for a field trip and we all was dong a swimming excersiethe chief asked who could swim and who couldnt he said all babys go to the shallow end ,well i lied and said i could swinso they told us to get up on the platform it was...
    lunnas lunnas 41-45, F Nov 25, 2011

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    Can't Freestyle

    I can swim. Well, I can float. I just can't freestyle. Which is basically the only style that would keep me alive and get me to safety in a life threatening situation. Fun. I took a lot of swim classes. Lots. I learned to do a bunch of swim styles, but I could truly never...
    Deir Deir 13-15, F 3 Responses Sep 7, 2012

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    I'm Going to Learn!

    I think I'm going to sign up for adult swim classes in March.  I have been taking my 2 children to swim classes and have watched them learn, step by step.  I have been in lots of pools, etc., recently, but haven't formally tried to learn to swim in years.  It's...
    monimoni monimoni 41-45, F 1 Response Jan 9, 2009

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    Cant Swim

    I cant swim,,can barely doggie paddle and hate cold water.
    David938 David938 56-60, M 1 Response Oct 21, 2012

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    It's My Brothers Fault

    As a child my brother got scalded with boiling water when he pulled a kettle ontop of himself, the result of this was that he HATED water, a small amount was ok but he simply couldn't stand large amounts of it. When the other kids at school would go of swimming he would stay...
    AWUK AWUK 26-30, F 1 Response Sep 17, 2007

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    I Can't Swim

    I can't swim and thats why i'm afraid of the ocean. I feel like a wave is going to take me or something. Last time when I went to the beach I had the most horrible experience ever, its pretty funny now but I had a heart attack when it happened. I was walking in the water with my...
    Zombie9 Zombie9 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 18, 2011

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    Im Determined To Learn......

    Yes I admit it im a 21 year old adult who cant swim.Im not afraid of the water,ive got no problem with getting into the water and i will happily go under the water ive just never learnt to actually swim when i was in school,swimming was part of our P.E lessons but our teacher...
    XxBlackCat100xX XxBlackCat100xX 22-25, F Sep 19, 2011

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    Can't Swim, Don't Even Want To Try

    I remember being forced into enrollment in swim lessons at five or six years old. I was a brat. I hated my swimsuit and would "lose" it. Once I had it on, I would whine until the minute it came off. (I despise swimwear to this day and mind you, I'm 52 kg - 115 lbs - and 172 cm (5...
    VancouverCanucksFan VancouverCanucksFan 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 19, 2012

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    I Cant Swim Either

    I cant swim either, its annoying because people force you to get to the water and swim with them but you cant i cant even doggie paddle either i need to use swimming floats, its also annoying because people laugh at you
    HelloKittyFanBoy HelloKittyFanBoy 18-21, T 2 Responses Dec 21, 2012

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    Can't Swim

    I can't swim. I never fully finished swimming lessons. It kinda sucks cause when I hang out with my friends at a pool I always have to stay more towards the shallow end. Plus sometimes my friends would make "black jokes" by asking if I was afraid of water or something. Lame.
    Josilla94 Josilla94 18-21, M Aug 19, 2013

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    Not A. Good Swimmer

    when i went to the ymca the female lifegurd asked me to do a swim test because im 14 when i went in the water i nearly drowned in the 10 ft area of the pool the lifegaurd gave me a red band for failing the swim test she said i had to wear a pfd. so she gave me one it was...
    lapasa321 lapasa321 16-17, M Jul 15, 2013

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    I Cant Swim

     im a 14 year old girl who has worn a lifejacket all my life. about a week ago i decided enough was enough and said yes to an offer to go swimming with a guy friend that i know. After sitting on the side for five minutes while he masaged my feet, he suddenely grabbed them...
    Cantswim Cantswim 13-15, F 3 Responses Oct 9, 2009

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    I am 14, but I can't swim.

    .. I rarely go out and a bit hydrophobic so I never learned. I have social anxiety too so I felt afraid learning. Tomorrow I'm going to a water park and life vests are recommended for non swimmers and weak. I have to wear one for safety but I feel like I'm going to look dumb. I...
    blairebear blairebear 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 24

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    Strange For An Island Girl

    Most people find it hard to believe that I can't swim.  I live on an island for heaven's sake!  I should be able to swim! Truth is that I am very afraid of water.  My father tried in vain to teach us (my sister and I) when we were younger.  My parents were...
    neopet neopet 41-45, F 18 Responses Jul 12, 2007

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    Don't Even Get Me Started

    I never knew how to swim. I still don't. And I'm pretty terrified of it.The summer I turned 11, my parents sent me to take lessons. It was six weeks, and more specifically, six weeks of me kicking and screaming. And the whole time I knew I wasn't just humiliating myself, but my...
    whatsername1229 whatsername1229 13-15 May 2, 2012

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    Not Again

    when i was younger i had a bad experience, i almost drown and i have been petrified of swimming ever since. if i cant see the bottom im not getting in the water, if its deeper than five feet no way im stepping foot in it. i dont trust myself with it and im not going to give water...
    cbeans cbeans 18-21 Sep 5, 2013

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    Can't Swim

    I am a water sign, my birthday is in the summer time. I love being in the water, I simply can not swim. My aunt used to take me to Rutgers and she tried to teach me how to float and swim. Once I went to Atlantic city with my grandmom. I got in the water and sat down. I was about...
    ThinkingIsBeautiful ThinkingIsBeautiful 26-30, F Feb 23, 2012

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    That One Time In 8th Grade .

    I've always been afraid of deep water. There was never any particular reason I just couldn't stand the feeling of not being able to touch the floor, freaks me out, whatever. So I had to take swim class in 8th and I was totally fine with that because I got stay in the shallow side...
    SimplyMisunderstood SimplyMisunderstood 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 11, 2012

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    Still Can't

    It's kind of pathetic that I still can't, especially because I took swimming lessons when I was younger for about 3 years...I can't even float. XD
    TheSkunkLady TheSkunkLady 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 9, 2012

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    Practise

    when i was younger i couldnt swim then i got swimming lessons then i started to enjoy swimming and now i try and help people learn how to swim.  
    sean4472 sean4472 22-25 2 Responses Nov 25, 2011

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    I Can't Swim, But I'm Good At Music

    I simply do not like swimming, full stop.  I have never learned to swim, mainly because I'm terrified of inhaling water and suffering brain damage.  My big love is music, especially Celtic folk.  I appreciate that there have to be physically fit people in the world to join the...
    2Scots 2Scots 41-45, F 2 Responses Dec 4, 2011

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    Many People

    Some time ago I heard that many people can't swim today. And the numbers are increasing. Mostly because kids don't grow up in natural environments anymore and parents don't consider it necessary to teach them how to swim... maybe it will be a real problem in some time to come...
    GothGrrrl GothGrrrl 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 15, 2007

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    I'm Just Not Built For It

    I know how to swim. I took swimming lessons as a kid, but, no matter how well I knew the techniques, I could never float. When the time for graduation rolled around, my instructor told my mom that she would pass me because I knew how to swim, and that it was physically impossible...
    siamul siamul 22-25, M 5 Responses Apr 10, 2012

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