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Old 02-08-12, 10:06 PM   #1
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Random question...Can you swim?

I never learned as a child/teen/young adult so I'm giving it a try in my 40's. This should be interesting considering I'm not that comfortable in open water.

So can you or can't you?
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Old 02-08-12, 10:07 PM   #2
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Not really. I can tread water and dog paddle. That's about it.

But hot dang if I can pull a cam out of car.
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Old 02-08-12, 10:09 PM   #3
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Yep, good thing because I do triathlons.

Seriously, be patient because swimming takes time to learn and even longer to build up endurance. It's all in technique and it's especially hard for beginners to learn because of the fear factor. But it's an excellent form of exercise and a great recovery from cycling.

Good for you. Enjoy, relax, and have fun.
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Yep, good thing because I do triathlons.

Seriously, be patient because swimming takes time to learn and even longer to build up endurance. It's all in technique and it's especially hard for beginners to learn because of the fear factor. But it's an excellent form of exercise and a great recovery from cycling.

Good for you. Enjoy, relax, and have fun.
I plan to take my time and have fun with this. No reason to rush it.
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I can't, but I think the wife and all of her offspring have otter DNA or something....
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I haven't done so in years, but I can.
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I went through YMCA day camp late enough into grade school that I could remember technique enough to pass my college swim test (if I didn't pass the swim test cold I would have had to take swimming for one (or more) of my 2 PE requirements). I still mechanically remember technique and try to think to make myself execute something close to it, even if I will never have fully internalized the bestest form of a competitive swimmer. But I stay afloat at least and don't burn too much energy doing it.
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swim classes very very early on.. so it's close to walking in my nature
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swim classes very very early on.. so it's close to walking in my nature
Best time to do it. Little ones are having too much fun to be afraid. As you get older, then the fear factor really starts kicking in. If you wait too long to teach the kids, you might as well wait until they grow up and decide to do it for themselves.
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I can swim. I was decent as a kid but nowadays I can't stand water.
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I wouldn't drown, but anything resembling forward motion is mere coincidence.
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Why? Going to come to the Oregon/Washington coast soon?

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I grew up around a lake so I can't remember when I learned. I am sure I was 2 or so. I took my son to swim class for infants around 18 months. It was fun. Take your time and have fun. Its fun and the best excersize around.
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like a fish. Biggest hurdle for older 1st timers is to relax, not fight the water, and have fun rather than fear and apprehension. Process can be much easier in a lap pool w/o a diving well (ie all shallow and no deep end). Then one can just practice w/ relaxation and buoyancy w/o fear of drowning (just stand up). Once people figure out how to relax and float face down and up the process of learning to swim is MUCH less intimidating and difficult.
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I haven't done it lately, but yes. In college, I did a fair amount of lap swimming. I can also bake a mean frozen pizza.
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If I can learn to control my breathing while in water and underwater (and not freak), I'll be ok. I'm going to the pool tomorrow and I'm looking forward to it.
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If I can learn to control my breathing while in water and underwater (and not freak), I'll be ok. I'm going to the pool tomorrow and I'm looking forward to it.
Are you taking a class? You learn to breathe properly with each style is my rememberance..
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Are you taking a class? You learn to breathe properly with each style is my rememberance..
I will be taking lessons. Just having my head underwater and remaining calm is a first step.
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Very cool! Much good vibes will be sent your way.
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Very cool! Much good vibes will be sent your way.
Thanks! I will report back tomorrow on my adventure / journey.
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I will be taking lessons. Just having my head underwater and remaining calm is a first step.
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As noted earlier, relaxing and the security of the shallow end is the key until your confidence improved. Head under water? As you are sitting at your desk reading this, hold you breath...time it. Repeat. Now fully exhaled and time. You know you will survive. Now transfer that to the pool...in 3 ft of water. Notice how the air in your lungs provides boyancy...exhale and sit on the bottom, then stand up when you need air.

As they teach you the various kicks and strokes (some - like the breast stroke - later applied under water), initially, feel the power of the kick as you hold onto the pool wall and it pushes you into it. Likewise with the hand strokes, feeling the water it pushes around you - and they will teach you techniques like when to cup and not cup your hands during a stroke, etc. You will also learn which require more energy and which are more relaxing. My personal preference is the side scissor kick, vs the breast stroke (on surface) or the crawl both of which I find tiring and less efficient plus more difficult to visually hold a line. Your preferences may vary.
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I was a good swimmer as a kid. Even won awards at summer camp and had my lifesaving certificates. Haven't done much as an adult.

I still remember the moment as a kid when I realized that swimming in the deep end was no different than swimming in the shallow end. It still took some getting used to. You just can't stand up. But you float.

I find that I really prefer swimming underwater than on the surface. It's much more fun.
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I can tread water just long enough to get into a really good panic before I drown.
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I can swim, but I'm pretty slow. I actually really enjoy swimming. I wish we had a pool so I could do it everyday in the summer.
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