Dahawaiian From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 229 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1136 times:
Having been raised on a small island, learning how to swim went hand-in-hand with learning how to walk, so it was never a big deal for me. Personally, I think swimming is much better on the body than running if you excercise with regularity. I don't claim to be Ian Thorpe the Thorpedo or anything, but how many of you on this board actually know how to swim?
CPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4791 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1105 times:
I've been swimming since before kindergarten - since we first had a backyard pool and later moved to NZ it was rather essential being near the water all the time. I used to swim regularly for exercise but since I've started working full time I've given up on that unfortunatley.
I don't understand why some parents don't have their children taught how to swim properly, not only is it a good exercise there are always so many needless deaths each year due to drownings and lessons are very cheap.
IMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6305 posts, RR: 33
Reply 11, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1069 times:
I never really considered the possibility that someone would not know how to swim. That's about the same as a person not being able to read. If one can't do either before the age of 5, something is very wrong.
Beefmoney From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1116 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1044 times:
I never thought of the possibility of people not knowing how to swim at all either. I also live in Arizona, and I was actually pretty late in learning to swim, I learned when I was around 7, and I was ALWAYS the only kid in the neighborhood who didnt know how to swim before that. I think everyone should learn to swim, for excercise and for safety (If you live near the ocean or here in Phoenix)
Marco From United Arab Emirates, joined Jul 2000, 4169 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1042 times:
Having grown up in the Middle East swimming has been a big part of my life. I live two minutes away from the beach, the Persian Gulf to be specific, which has crystal clear waters. Also, I'm a member at the Dubai Marine Beach Club (been a member for nine years now ). I'm pretty good at it, so yes I can swim!
JetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1037 times:
My father was a lifeguard and he taught me early and the hard way. At age 4, he rowed me out to the middle of the lake, dropped me in and rowed home. That sure made learning real easy. The only real difficult part was getting out of the bag and untying the bricks.
JAT From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 1101 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1032 times:
I know how to swim, although very very poorly. I'm 16 though, and I slowly taught myself over the past 2 years. I would really like to learn how to swim well, although its a bit odd for someone of my age to be taking swimming lessons....
EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 19, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1027 times:
Why do you all take swimming so goddamn seriously? Here, most people don't know how to swim until they go to primary school (7 years old), I could swim a bit before that, after my parents taught me when I was 6. Nearly everyone can swim at the age of 8.
AeroGlobeAir7 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 586 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1017 times:
I'm going to be a sophomore in high school next year, I made Junior Varsity swimteam this year...narrowly missed lettering. Was going to be a lifeguard this summer, but I'm gonna wait till next year. So ya, I know how.
Zeus01 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 744 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1012 times:
I do. Learned when I was really little, like 3 or 4 and took lessons all the way up till I was about 9. Now I try and swim a few times a week. Its hard work and I also run. It isn't as hard on the body as running, but running IMO builds greater endurence through exhaustion.
NWA Man From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1828 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 996 times:
I know how to swim, ever since my dad took me to the 'Y' and got me lessons... I only needed a couple lessons...does anyone really need to know how to swim the butterfly?
Swimming's the best...especially when you've just arrived at your destination, and it's a warm day...there's nothing better than throwing yourself into the ocean and crashing with the waves. Very relaxing and calming, IMHO.