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Suggestions? Help?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nora Edwards Jun 14, 2012. 4 Replies

Sure, there are typical adult swimming lessons. I've tried that at a local Y and here's what you get, a young teenager that's fine for kids and could maybe help the typical adult that doesn't know…Continue

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Nora Edwards replied to David A's discussion Suggestions? Help?
"To get a breath, you need to roll your whole body to the side. It's not twisting and does not involve flexibility. "
Jun 14, 2012
David A replied to David A's discussion Suggestions? Help?
"I'm in southeast Iowa. When my legs go up, my head goes down due to the inflexibility of my spine and that creates difficulties catching a breath as I don't twist and bend like others. So it becomes an exhausting battle to stay up and sink…"
Jun 14, 2012
David A replied to David A's discussion Suggestions? Help?
"I'm in southeast Iowa. When my legs go up, my head goes down due to the inflexibility of my spine and that creates difficulties catching a breath as I don't twist and bend like others. So it becomes an exhausting battle to stay up and sink…"
Jun 14, 2012
Nora Edwards replied to David A's discussion Suggestions? Help?
"Where do you live? A good instructor should be able to adapt lessons to cope with your issues. Pull buoys can be helpful to men whose legs sink, but the real answer is to kick them to the top. Flutter kicking is not like walking. It involves moving…"
Jun 5, 2012
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Suggestions? Help?

Sure, there are typical adult swimming lessons. I've tried that at a local Y and here's what you get, a young teenager that's fine for kids and could maybe help the typical adult that doesn't know how to swim. But what about special circumstances like mine? I have a fused spine, and so no matter how much the instructor says, "arch your back", I won't be able to. On top of that, my legs sink, so I can't bend enough to get my head up out of the water -- I drown. It's downright humiliating when…See More
May 31, 2012
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May 30, 2012

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Where are you in the swim lesson decision process?
Deciding whether or not to do it
What motivated you to learn how to swim?
I love being in the water, however I cannot swim. A past girlfriend tried to teach me, and I tried lessons at the Y. Of course I'm fearful of deep water, and have had several negative experiences in the deep from trying. My problem stems from having scoliosis and the corrective surgery that goes with the fuses a large portion of my spine. Most strokes require an arched back. Worse, my legs sink and drag me down. I fear I'll simply never be able to learn. As previous efforts have all failed and my fear is more cemented with ea h failed attempt and near drowning.
Where are you swimming now?
I can't swim.

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