Swimming Thoughts


I don’t know.  I mean, I took my second swim class this weekend, and it went pretty good, I guess.  You can see a picture of me practicing floating on my back above, (sorry I cropped it, it was a public class, so I wanted to make sure no one but me was visible on my blog) and I guess I’m doing okay with the basics.  I mean – I can blow bubbles underwater, I can float on my back or on my front, I can swim backwards, but that’s about where it ends.

Swimming is so complicated.  I don’t mean doggy paddling, I mean “real” swimming.  Like, doing strokes, and not just splashing in the water.  It’s hard.  Turn your head to the side to breathe.  Keep your back arm straight.  Lever your front arm.  Make scoops with your hands.  Only breathe every other stroke.  Look where you’re going!  Even putting in ear plugs properly – complicated.  I dunno.  I think that there are people out there who take to water right away.  Some of us take a little longer.

I mean, I can sort of swim (in two to three feet deep water), but I just don’t feel comfortable doing anything on my front.  On my back I’m okay, but you can’t swim backwards only.  You have to be able to see where you are going from time to time.  Yeah, I can kind of swim on my front, but I feel completely uncomfortable with it and I don’t know if that’s going to get better.  Master Pravus says we’re going to get me some nose plugs, which might help – but I just don’t know.

Yes, I know things take practice and time, and I know that if I work on this I will be able to hold my own in water.  I sure don’t feel like I’m going to ever be all that great at swimming though.  We’ll see.  In the meantime, time permitting, Master Pravus has been taking me out to the pools in our own complex to practice.  It’s good, but I don’t think I’m improving as fast as he wants me too.  I dunno.  Maybe it was just a rough session.  The “usual” water comfort teacher wasn’t there, and I felt like the substitute kept pushing me to do more things.  I mean, yes, I can definitely do some of the things she was saying, but that does not mean that I was feeling comfortable with them.  :/  She was really sweet though.  I think she had more confidence in me than I did.


4 thoughts on “Swimming Thoughts

  1. I am one of those people who really took to water, the first time I ever went swimming… and I must have been tiny, because I don’t really remember it… BUT – being a water-lover, I’ve had my fair share of scares, and I can completely understand why the water can be intimidating: it should be! But I have to say, having read your post last week – after your first session – and then reading this, it sounds to me like you’re making amazing progress. Last week you reported being hesitant to even get in the water, and now you’re floating, ducking under to blow bubbles, swimming on your back… that’s pretty amazing for a week (or two?), if you ask me. Especially since water is not your element. Give yourself a(n emotional) break, and keep going… ’cause from where I’m standing, you’re doing great.

    1. @Harper Thanks for your vote of confidence. I am just frustrated because this isn’t the first time I have tried to learn to swim, it’s just the first time I have done it at a real swim class (as an adult). I always seem to hit this exact point in lessons – (from friends, Master, etc), and then I don’t make any more progress it seems. My fear gets the better of me.

      Knowing what Master’s ultimate goal is for me (scuba) has also been intimidating. I know I should take things one lesson at a time, but I get stuck thinking ahead about all the scuba requirements.

      Here’s to lesson three tomorrow. 🙂

    1. @Fyremane Yeah, what we usually do is we will swim laps for thirty minutes, and then after that we will splash around and play all we want. We just try to make sure we get some “real” swimming in before we get the shenanigans in. 🙂 Though, we do like to have lots of silly splashing.

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