Floating…just about

Photograph of 2 dolphins underwater
By Arnaud 25 (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons
Last evening I began the challenge of learning how to swim.

This is attempt #2 for me, attempt #1 of my adult life.

In short, it was a success – I didn’t freak out, didn’t panic and most importantly didn’t drown. In fact, I quite enjoyed it. I think it was a combination of the small class size, not facing it alone and my brain’s love of learning new skills that I might actually be able to master.

My fellow fish-in-training described me as a dolphin but I’m afraid myself and Fungi are still world’s apart! I’ve almost got to grips with the “dead man’s float” and faced with the challenge of learning how to breathe in the water (my downfall on attempt #1).

Week 1 verdict: it won’t be easy but I’m optimistic and relishing the challenge ahead.

5 thoughts on “Floating…just about”

  1. Good luck… I’ve been through two lots of classes since adulthood too, but I still can’t swim. Have kind of given up now, I figure if we were supposed to be able to we wouldn’t have to learn!

  2. Where did you do the lessons. I did 10 lessons 3-4 years ago and just about made it to deep end with instructor nearby but that was it at lesson 10 and havent been near it since.
    Both sons swim like fish jump from the highest piers into t he deepest waters while I stand gripped with fear an appropriate few feet from the edge. Its been a rolling NY resolution to do it again and your post has peaked my interest.

  3. @Christian – cheers bud, hoping I can say the same in a few weeks/months

    @Kieran – doing them in my local gym near Christchurch, Iveagh Fitness – http://www.iveaghfitness.ie/. Not sure if it’s open to non-members but they do 6 week courses on a regular basis with an advanced one too both €60. Liking the teacher’s approach too and he does lessons full time in various pools around Dublin. The fact there’s only 6 in the class is great too thought it seemed there might have been 1 or 2 more in the advanced one.

  4. Hey Steph,

    Great to hear that one, you are giving it another try and two, that you are getting along ok with it.

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