I think blogging will help me in my journey in learning to swim.
I'll start with my back-story.
I was put into swimming lessons as a child, and I remember mostly hating it. I learned to float, and got positive feedback from my instructor, but I would hate when my parents would drop me off in the pool.
I was a shy and quiet child, almost terminally scared of most things. I'm not sure why. I remember avoiding deep water whenever possible. I was runty (still am short, at 5'1" so it doesn't take much for water to be 'deep').
I begged my parents to quit and they eventually let me. I was able to avoid water through out my teenage years. Only one friend had a pool.. and I didn't care for the beach. In fact I hated a lot of things associated with swimming I wear glasses so taking them off was annoying. I have eczema so being in water requires proper care afterwards. I also have asthma - so any physical activity was easy for me to deny (Yeah, I'm a big nerd).
This was fine through out my college years as well. never having access to a pool, and simply not choosing to go to a beach was easy. Then when I was 28, I went on an all-inclusive vacation with a group of friends. Luckily pools in the resort are shallow, so i could BE in them. This same gorup of friends and I have been on a few, as well as rented a few cottages. This means I was near water more often. I actually had a lot of fun playing in the shallow water, but couldn't join my friends in deeper water. i've also tried canoing and been on a few boats, and enjoyed that immensely.
I started to feel really bad that I don't know how to swim, that I'm afraid of the water. Especially knowing that I enjoy being IN water, and in boats, swimming was something I NEEDED to know for my saftey, even if I didn't want to swim.
so in 2011 (at the age of 30), I signed up for the Adult 1 swimming lessons at a near by community centre. It was 10 1 hour classes, once a week. It was the 6th week wehre I feel like some things finally clicked, and I could glide on my front and back. So, essentially. 6 hours and I had the basics.
it was so easy, but also very hard. I always was convinced that I was one person who would sink. but it turns out, I, like every other human, float pretty well!
After my lessons were finished in November, I enjoyed being in water more. I'd play in my condo pool, and enjoy the shallow parts of the ocean/pool/lake a lot more. I still am not ready for the deep-end, but I can float, glide, do back stroke and tread water for a bit. I have the blocks, but need to put them together.
Tonight I re-start lessons with my friend who is an instructor. My goal is go swimming once a week (she comes to me every other week) and slowly put things together.
I don't know how to get over my fear of having my face in the water, but I'm going to try and take baby steps.
I will update more later and hope that my blog appeals to people :)