I can swim. Because my dad never learned how(ironic, he lived on a lake ) he wanted to be sure we all knew how. One of my dad's uncle never learned to swim & he drowned fairly young.
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7/22/07 at 8:59pm
wow! what happened to that person that pushed you in? if it were my parents or me and someone did that to my kid, off to jail you go!!! now wonder you feel that way, im sorry she did that to you!!!
Not very well, and here is why (pasted from another post I made in another thread)
I had a horrid experience during swimming lessons when I was in grade 5. I don't know how it is where you live, but here, at least at that time, swimming lessons were part of our grade school education in grade 5.
I had never had swimming lessons before so they didn't know where to put me. They tried me in pre-beginners but I seemed to be more advanced, so they kept moving me up until I found myself in "intermediate" and on the otherside of the walkway in the deep end... 18 feet deep!
Things were going well, and I was even jumping off the platform and mid height diving boards, and I could swim 5 lengths of the pool.
However, to graduate from the class and advance to the next you had to tread water for 20 minutes. Something I never learned to do and wasn't taught in intermediate class. It was assumed that you were in that class and you should know how to do it from an earlier class.
Everytime I tried to tread water I sunk like a stone. I tried staying near the edge and sticking my toe in a hole in the wall, but the swim instructor noticed and kept telling me to get away from the wall. When I did, I sunk. So finally after I refused to leave the side of the pool she ordered me out of the pool and told me to go to the change room.
I was more than eager to do that!!!
I got out of the pool and my parents had taught me to never walk across someone's path, so I went to walk around behind her. She stepped back and blocked my way which forced me to walk in front of her.
As soon as I was in front of her she pushed me really hard and I went flying into the pool. I didn't even have a chance to catch my breath. I was quite gangly back then and weighed next to nothing, so when she pushed me I flew several feet.
All I can remember is struggling to get to the surface and seeing the lights all distorted above me and desperately needing to breathe. But each time I tried to get to the top, I went further down.
I remember finally taking a breath and how much it hurt, but that the second breath I took didn't hurt at all.
The next thing I remember is throwing up in some guys face. I spent almost 3 weeks in the hospital.
I've been afraid of water ever since. I prefer showers to baths. Water running over my face, causes me to panic even if it's water from the shower or rain. I have to use a wet cloth to wash my face because I can't splash water over my nose or mouth.
I have been swimming since, but only in water that is maybe waist high (any higher and I start to panic), and I float and can swim the front stroke or the back stroke and do the dog paddle, provided that my face remains out of the water...and so long as my feet touch the bottom if I stop swimming.
Sadly I don't think anything happened to her. Not even sure she lost her job or not. I thing I was about 10 or 11 years old and this was back in 1972 or 1973. The times were vastly different than they are now.
I do know that if something like that happened today, it would have been all over the news, probably national, and she not only would have been fired, but would have been arrested and charged with something like attempted manslaughter or at the very least reckless endagerment.
I have often thought about trying to find out her name and confront her about what she did. I don't know if she was someone who worked with the school/school division, or if she was employed by the Pool.