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I Can't Swim

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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 31-35, M Jan 3, 2014

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    girleve girleve 70+, F 4 Responses Apr 25, 2015

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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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    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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    I don't mind not being able to swim.

    I like wearing my water wings, so I wish people would stop trying to get me to learn.
    billturner285 billturner285 18-21, M Jan 31

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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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    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 17 Responses Jul 12, 2007

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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 used to go to my parent in laws house in

    Kerala to the district of Alleppey or Alapuzha . The whole district is surrounded by the back waters . Starting From Pallathurthy/ from Alleppey town 7 km distance and don't know where it exactly end up. So every where the water is /river is flowing. My parent in law house is...
    pjskj pjskj 51-55, M Oct 22, 2015

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    Well it seems as if there are lots of us here

    that are still adult Non swimmers! But reading these interesting experiences we fall in to different groups! It seems some of us non swimmers here are really scared of deep water! Some of us like myself have no fear of deep water what so ever! I love water and I tried to learn...
    freeman19 freeman19 51-55, M 1 Response Sep 20, 2015

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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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    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 31-35, F 1 Response Sep 17, 2007

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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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    There was never anybody in my life

    who was ready to teach me how to swim. But if I´ll find one day a friendly, patiently person I really want to learn how to swim.
    Loretta78 Loretta78 36-40, F 3 Responses Sep 3, 2015

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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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    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 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 8, 2012

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    Everyday I face a new wave of challenges

    that drag me down where I can then be met with returning currents that bring back old insecurities and weaknesses. I like to think that I'm strong, that I can fight my way to the surface, avoid hitting rock bottom but I can't. I am drowning. Every single ******* day I'm...
    pressurecooker pressurecooker 16-17, F Aug 20, 2015

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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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    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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    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 18-21, M Jul 15, 2013

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    I think I remember being able to swim

    as a child but I didn't go to the pool regularly so I seem to have forgot how to swim. This year I have started going to the pool with a support assistant and I enjoy using my floats. I'm not sure if I want to have swimming lessons because i'm too scared to let go of my floats.
    LinkinParkMuse LinkinParkMuse 26-30, F Mar 25, 2015

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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 46-50, F 1 Response May 2, 2008

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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'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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    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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    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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    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 16-17, F 3 Responses Jul 27, 2014

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    I don't mind not being able to swim.

    Some people think it's a big deal that I wear water wings but I enjoy the water more that way. Some people threat to pop them or deflate them but I try my best to ignore them.
    billturner285 billturner285 18-21, M Dec 30, 2015

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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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    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 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 24, 2014

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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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    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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Apr 10, 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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Sep 5, 2013

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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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    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 51-55, M 3 Responses Dec 12, 2011

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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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    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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    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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    Cant Swim

    I cant swim,,can barely doggie paddle and hate cold water.
    David938 David938 61-65, M 1 Response Oct 21, 2012

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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'm sure I was able to swim

    as a child but I seem to have forgotten how to swim. I have only recently started going to a swimming pool with my support assistant and I enjoy using my floats in the pool. I don't know if i'd like to have swimming lessons because i'm a bit scared of having to be in the water...
    LinkinParkMuse LinkinParkMuse 26-30, F Mar 24, 2015

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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 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'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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    These are my water wings

    for the people that don't believe me
    billturner285 billturner285 18-21, M Nov 25, 2015

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