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  •  It's great to learn how to swim (4+ / 0-)
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    coquiero, northerntier, chimene, devis1

    but it's also important to be able to float.

    I grew up in Vermont, near Lake Champlain. Our next door neighbor had a near drowning experience as a boy. He'd gone out on the lake in a rowboat, and the boat sank. There he was, all alone, too far to swim to shore. So he simply rolled over onto his back and floated. It took several hours before his family noticed he was overdue and came out to look for him.

    The key thing was not to panic, because when you're tense you simply aren't as buoyant.

    •  if you're "too" muscular, you may not float either (1+ / 0-)
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      my DH, even when overweight (fat floats), sank like a rock every time he tried to learn to swim. muscle is DENSE and heavy.

      no matter how strong you are, you have to have SOME degree of flotation. or else

      I think he said the last time he tried was in HS, around Grade 10, maybe.

      I can remember Mama taking us over to some pool or other in the neighboring college town for summer lessons when I was maybe 8 or 9? Little brother was 6-7. Baby sister got the wading pool, if I was 8, she was around 3. Anyway, instruction was pretty rough as I recall. I'm surprised I wasn't terminally put off! Unfortunately I already had plenty of "flotation insulation", so it's a good thing I enjoyed it in spite of the mean uber-competetive style of "coaching". I'm sure the brat teenager was just passing on what he got from his own coach.

      Our kiddo got modern instruction, starting at around 4??? Instruction here starts with infants, but that didn't fit at the time, so we waited. He never had any problems with putting his face in the water. Modern instruction is vastly more civilized than we recall. He took lessons & swam with the non-school group until just a couple of years ago. an hour, 3x/wk

      "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

      by chimene on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 10:15:39 PM PDT

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