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Posted: 2/21/2006 9:04:19 PM EDT
I just got back from testing out for my Lifeguard Cert.

We started talking about adults who never learned to swim. That seems strange to me, I don't even remember learning to swim, I just always did.

Where I live, everybody learns to swim. Kids start lessons at 3, or before. Water is everywhere, from the Lakes, to the Ocean, to the pools in every neighborhood...and many backyards.

Does anybody NOT know how to swim?

Poll to follow.

Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:05:00 PM EDT
Like a fish
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:05:05 PM EDT
With you? Anytime.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:05:19 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Hylton:
Like a fish



+1

Like a fish
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:06:51 PM EDT
Swim, and um, drink like a fish. I never undrstood how other people couldn't learn how to swim.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:06:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SevenMMmag:

Originally Posted By Hylton:
Like a fish



+1

Like a fish



+1

btw, the cornell swim test is just an excuse for the coaches to see what everyone looks like with their shirt off so they can tell who's ripped and ask them to try out for the crew team.

but you didn't hear that from me
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:07:51 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Hylton:
Like a fish manatee



Used to be like a fish, though...
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:08:04 PM EDT

Originally Posted By fossil_fuel:

Originally Posted By SevenMMmag:

Originally Posted By Hylton:
Like a fish



+1

Like a fish



+1

btw, the cornell swim test is just an excuse for the coaches to see what everyone looks like with their shirt off so they can tell who's ripped and ask them to try out for the crew team.

but you didn't hear that from me



Doesn't surprise me
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:09:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SevenMMmag:

Originally Posted By Hylton:
Like a fish



+1

Like a fish



Also.

Swim team
Life guard
Every stroke including butterfly
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:10:33 PM EDT
I used to swim and scuba dive, but not anymore.
I've got a bad back and my left leg is only partially functional, so now I swim like a chunk of granite.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:11:31 PM EDT
I can, but I'd rather stay on dry land and lift heavy objects over my head.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:11:36 PM EDT
10 years in the Navy.

Certified DiveMaster.

So yeah. Sort of.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:12:09 PM EDT
I never have been able to swim good, almost to the point of not being able to at all. Never had the need to really. As a kid my parents never went to the beach and we were to poor to own a pool. The only time I swam was when we visited my grandparents who had a pool when I was five. and that was n't often.

Just recently I applied for an LEA and my biggest hurdle is actually the basic swim test. I've been going to the local public pool with a friend to relearn and practice and I think Ill be ready.

PS the only thread ive ever found were this fits in.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:12:59 PM EDT
I used to be a lifeguard
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:13:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By fossil_fuel:

Originally Posted By SevenMMmag:

Originally Posted By Hylton:
Like a fish



+1

Like a fish



+1

btw, the cornell swim test is just an excuse for the coaches to see what everyone looks like with their shirt off so they can tell who's ripped and ask them to try out for the crew team.

but you didn't hear that from me






I test 5-10 year olds out in the water. Let me tell you...

They all look alike.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:13:46 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/21/2006 9:14:47 PM EDT by bastiat]
yes, but some ways better than others.

Sidestroke, breaststroke, backstroke, no problem.

Standard crawl I just basically end up kicking and going nowhere.

So I pretty much end up always doing something like the sidestroke.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:14:00 PM EDT

Originally Posted By drjarhead:

Originally Posted By SevenMMmag:

Originally Posted By Hylton:
Like a fish



+1

Like a fish



Also.

Swim team
Life guard
Every stroke including butterfly



Do you remember your times?
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:14:29 PM EDT
I like to scare people at the local pool by sitting on the bottom for 2-3 minutes.. works everytime...

Master SCUBA diver and avid spearfisher and lobser hunter..
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:15:09 PM EDT

Originally Posted By tac45:
.



IM sent.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:17:26 PM EDT
Since before I was born. I was the fastest!
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:19:50 PM EDT
Swam competitively for the better part of my years and had several full ride offers from Division 1 colleges during highschool.

Today, I fucking hate water based upon all the years I spent freezing my nuts off swimming during all seasons of the year.

I can swim like Forrest can run. I'm out of shape and I have to I can still gut it out and go for a very long time.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:19:57 PM EDT
I did not learn till i was 14 just decided to go to the pool one day and taught myself
we then got a pool I used to swim quite a bit when i lived at home
hell did not learn to ride a bike till i was 16
i lived on a farm and i drove a truck or rode a ATV everywhere really no reason to ride a bike
Now i ride 2-3 times a week
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:21:40 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 4xys2xxs:

Originally Posted By drjarhead:

Originally Posted By SevenMMmag:

Originally Posted By Hylton:
Like a fish



+1

Like a fish



Also.

Swim team
Life guard
Every stroke including butterfly



Do you remember your times?



No, it was a loonnnggg time ago. 1975 on the swim team and I only swam freestyle competitively then. Really picked up on the rest of it more hardcore when I was a lifeguard one year in the Corps and had to teach swim lessons. I have never swam butterfly for time.

I only swam my senior year in HS because I was trying to break the record in the 200m(track) and was getting close. Thought it would keep me in better shape. It did actually, endurance wise but didn't really get my speed down.

I think I was around 56-57s in the 100yd freestyle
23.4 in the 200m for track

Really ripped during swimming though. On Saturdays we used to do 7200yd workouts. Oohrah!
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:22:02 PM EDT
I grew up on a lake as a kid, then moved back and bought a house there.
So yes
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:22:59 PM EDT
Certified Rescue Diver
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:23:26 PM EDT
I'm a decent swimmer.

My wife can't swim at all. Told me she could doggy paddle, so I dragged her out a ways into the lake and told her to doggy paddle while I caught my breath. I let go and she sank like a rock. I grabbed her and tried again, sank like a rock again. I finally managed to get both of us back to shore.

Her dad can't swim either. He spent 20 years in the Navy and can't swim a single stroke.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:27:13 PM EDT
I taught myself by swimming across the river several times
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:29:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By drjarhead:


No, it was a loonnnggg time ago. 1975

I think I was around 56-57s in the 100yd freestyle

!



That is a VERY good time, for the 70's.

Actually, very impressive.

Was the 100 your distance? It seems that you are a good sprinter, remember your 50?
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:36:02 PM EDT
How does one NOT know how to swim? It is something you can learn from your god damn family pet for christ sakes. SWIMMING LESSONS WITH FLUFFY: 5:30- 7:00 MON-WED
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:37:55 PM EDT
Think I remember being in a pool at about the age of 3? Certainly by age 5.

Just one of those things some of us grew up doing. On the swim team in middle/high school. Did 5 dives & several more snorkal trips in Aruba last week.

Every news story about someone drowning, I wonder Why? It seems so simple, assuming you know how. ( & barring extenuating circumstances.)
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:40:23 PM EDT
swim! Hoo Yah 198!!
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:41:48 PM EDT
not really

i sink

can kinda float.....thats about it
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:44:31 PM EDT
Learning to swim came quick and easy, but I did have trouble getting out of the gunny sack.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:46:17 PM EDT

Originally Posted By parshooter:
Think I remember being in a pool at about the age of 3? Certainly by age 5.



You are from Florida...

Thats how it is here too.

I'm surprised when I am approached by adults who want to learn to swim. Or adults who aren't water safe. Seems strange to me.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:46:47 PM EDT
Same here. I grew up in a beach town, their was no swim lessons. Going into the ocean every day in the summer, you learn to swim on your own. I was a beach lifeguard for three summers, best times of my life. However, my wife grew up in the same town as me and she swims like an anchor. I don't know what happened there.


Good luck with the cert..
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:48:11 PM EDT
When one grows up swimming from birth, like others and myself here have done, it is very hard to nderstand that someone else can't swim because it seems so easy IMO. In Coast Guard boot camp we had several guys that almost drowned the first time we hit the pool and had a swim test Two guys from New York and another that could only dog paddle, The NY guys sank like rocks and the dog paddler got exhausted. They had to get up every morning for a couple of weeks at 0430 and go to remedial swim training, they picked it up after that though.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:49:27 PM EDT

Originally Posted By out-a-ammo:
Since before I was born. I was the fastest!


same here
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:54:00 PM EDT

Originally Posted By palmer:

Good luck with the cert..




I got it.

I have every cert available. I collect them.

USA Swim
ASCA Level 3
CPR for the professional rescuer
First Aid + (several different cards)
Safety Training For Swim Coaches
and now Lifeguard Training and First Aid.


PLUS annual drug tests, and FBI background checks.

Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:54:22 PM EDT
NOt until I was about 9. I hated pools deeper than my head, and still do to this day. I have to concentrate on relaxing, then I float like a cork,,,err, like a river barge filled with helium balloons . Backstroking is about all I can do well.


I still remember each of the 3 times I nearly drowned in a lake by the age of 5. BIG fear of lakes. I still don't go to them because of the un-even bottoms.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 10:01:09 PM EDT
I learned how to swim a very long time ago. I haven't swam in a long time but I'm sure I can still keep my head above water.


I would never swim in the Gulf of Mexico or Intracoastal Waterway around here. These waters have things in them that eat you. Being a cop, I've seen what people do in the pools, late at night. Won't swim in a pool either.

I'll swim to save someone or myself. That's it.

_________________________



Link Posted: 2/21/2006 10:02:32 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 4xys2xxs:

Originally Posted By palmer:

Good luck with the cert..




I got it.

I have every cert available. I collect them.

USA Swim
ASCA Level 3
CPR for the professional rescuer
First Aid + (several different cards)
Safety Training For Swim Coaches
and now Lifeguard Training and First Aid.


PLUS annual drug tests, and FBI background checks.





Well then, congrats, you little fish you
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 10:02:34 PM EDT
Hell yeah! I'm a FISH!
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 10:17:24 PM EDT
Yes, and I can swim with a full load of Aircrew Gear too
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 10:18:43 PM EDT
I am a very good swimmer. Like a fish.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 10:23:43 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 10:57:48 PM EDT
Well I can swim...

Learned in a pool when I was young.

It was hard for me. I remember being forced to go under... Had me scared to take lessons and try new things. Finnaly found someone that wouldn't force me. Took a year or so to become good.

I still can't float on my back... Probably never will.

I love to swim just almost never do.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 11:08:23 PM EDT
My older brother fell off a lake dock at 6 and was rescued from drowning by a family friend. Two days later we found ourselves in swim class at a private pool (pouring rain at night...nice start). After that, it was swim team all the way.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 12:19:25 AM EDT

Originally Posted By geerhed:
My older brother fell off a lake dock at 6 and was rescued from drowning by a family friend. Two days later we found ourselves in swim class at a private pool (pouring rain at night...nice start). After that, it was swim team all the way.



Here it seems that parents want the kids water safe, as soon as they can walk.

The kids I pull out of the water, are usually 2-3 years old, who have had some swim lessons.

The parents are overconfident.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 12:28:09 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Moose:

Originally Posted By Hylton:
Like a fish big furry manatee



Used to be like a fish, though...

Link Posted: 2/22/2006 1:06:02 AM EDT
5 black people voted?
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 1:18:23 AM EDT
parents taught me to swim by dunking me....
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