I Can't Swim

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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

    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

    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

    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
    2 Responses Sep 3, 2015

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    "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

    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

    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...
    31-35, F
    1 Response Sep 17, 2007

    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

    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

    This is probably my fifth attempt to swim.

    And by 'swim', I don't mean putting my head in the water and thrashing about with my arms and legs. I want to be able to acquire the grace of those ladies who glide in the water with the such ease. It has to do with my breathing and I know it. I do the strokes right but add in...
    novembermoon novembermoon
    41-45, F
    7 Responses Mar 17

    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
    May 2, 2012

    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

    Cant Swim

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

    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
    8 Responses Jul 14, 2011

    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

    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
    4 Responses Jan 24, 2012

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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
    Jan 12, 2012

    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

    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

    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
    1 Response Nov 24, 2011


    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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
    5 Responses Apr 10, 2012

    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

    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

    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


    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
    2 Responses Nov 25, 2011

    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
    2 Responses Jul 14, 2011

    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

    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

    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

    I'm 12 and can't swim.

    Can't tread water. Can't go underwater. I will never know how to swim and I am behind all the other kids.
    boraroberts boraroberts
    70+, F
    2 Responses Apr 21, 2015

    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

    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
    Sep 5, 2013

    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

    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
    11 Responses Jan 9, 2008
    girleve girleve
    70+, F
    4 Responses Apr 25, 2015

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