03 Oct. 2013
How I Learned To Swim
Learning something new can be a scary experience. One of the hardest things I have ever had to do was learn to swim. I was always afraid of the water, but I decided that swimming was an important skill that I should learn. I also thought it would be good exercise and help me become physically stronger. What I did not realize was that learning to swim would also make me a more confident person. New situations always make me a bit nervous, and my first swimming lesson was no exception. After I changed into my swimming trunks in the locker room, I stood timidly by the side of the pool waiting for the instructor and other students to show up. After a couple of minutes the instructor came over. She smiled and introduced herself as two more students joined us. Although they were both older than me, they did not seem to be embarrassed about not knowing how to swim. I began to feel more at ease. We got into the pool, and the instructor had us put on brightly colored water wings to help us stay afloat. One of the other students, Megan, had already taken the beginning class once before, so she took a kickboard and went splashing off by herself. The other student, James, and I were told to hold on to the side of the pool and shown how to kick for the breaststroke. One by one, the instructor had us hold on to a kickboard
while she pulled it through the water and we kicked. Pretty soon James was off doing this by himself, traveling at a fast clip across the short end of the pool. Things were not quite as easy for me, but the instructor was very patient. After a few more weeks, when I seemed to have caught on with my legs, she taught me the arm strokes. Now I had two things to concentrate on, my arms and my legs. I felt hopelessly uncoordinated. Sooner than I imagined, however, things began to feel right and I was able to...
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