Being a 28 year old non swimmer is comparable to introducing the alien ET to your mom as your new boyfriend. Frankly, the latter might be easier for some people to process. I have been to countless pool parties and lakes with my friends and I have had to explain repeatedly why I am the only one one on the sidelines. The naked truth is that I am terrified of water. I would watch a movie with people swimming and have an actual panic attack. So I have decided to make an effort to learn how to swim sooner rather than later, as an important life skill.
It has been a couple of months now since I have gotten an instructor and I have made alot of progress. I can do a front crawl now, however, I breathe only on my right side. For some reason my left side does not come up enough to get air. I can do a backstroke as well. I want to learn how to tread water, however, this has become a major problem for me because I still panic in the deep end and cannot muster the courage to just "jump in" literally, even with a life jacket on. If anyone has any tips or experience as to how they overcame their fear of the deep end as an adult, I would like to hear about it. If you would like to follow my progress from total non-swimmer I try to write about it here http://learntoswimadult.weebly.com/.