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Old 07-21-2017, 05:18 PM
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Originally Posted by WPBTH View Post
I can swim but struggle breathing only with my mouth.
I'm lucky, I can breathe thru my ears. My wife likes it too.
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Old 07-21-2017, 05:20 PM
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I think the percentage who can't swim is far higher than those on THT would believe.
I think I read that the number of adults in the USA who can't swim at all hovers around 25% - lots of inner city people who never had access to a pool, boat or body of water where you just can't wade in; and the percentage who can't swim 25 yards free-style is closer to 40%.
It is pretty unlikely that the percentage of non-swimmers on a boating site mirrors the general population.
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Old 07-21-2017, 06:23 PM
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My mother could not swim, so she made sure us kids took lessons at a very young age. she could not jump in and save us.
she still boated and water skied and loved it.
just wore a ski ring , if any of you remember those
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Old 07-21-2017, 06:38 PM
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I was in coast guard boot camp and had a few that couldn't swim...not sure what happened to them they got reverted in my class.
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Old 07-21-2017, 07:08 PM
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My neighbor's wife can't swim and is deathly afraid of the water. I'm not talking just scared to be in over her head, I mean an unbelievable fright of pretty much any body of water that is not a bath or shower. Last summer she came over and asked if she could take my kids with her kids to a neighbor's pool (they were house sitting). We asked if anyone else was going to be there and the answer was no. We didn't allow our kids to go with them.
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Old 07-21-2017, 07:23 PM
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I can't imagine not knowing how to swim. In Florida you better learn quick or your dead.My kids learned at two.
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Old 07-21-2017, 07:35 PM
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5-6 years old, mom dropped us off at the Y for swim lessons a couple days a week. Always in the water at my grandparents lake cottage as a kid. Then summer between 9-10th grades, did the mile swim and earned lifesaving merit badge, lifguard BSA at summer camp. Counselor told me I should join the swim team in school so I did. Later even water polo. Later in life added a little tactical and have certified as life guard a few times, never worked as a lifeguard though. Worse thing swim team did for me was make me hate cold water. It was always under 60 deg. for practice. Wouldn't take long to heat up, but when you'd stop, your body temp drops quickly and the chivering kicks right in. Had to sit in a tube of ice up to my chin in one school I went through. That just sucked. Shower afterwords on the coldest setting still burned and you had to ease in to it. 8 showers at different settings to slowly work on getting your body temp back up.
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Old 07-21-2017, 07:50 PM
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When I was at UGA I did my laundry at an apartment owned pool/laundry facility. It was a big hangout. I watched Herschel Walker try to learn how to swim at the pool. He sank like a brick. No matter how fast he swam he sank immediately.
No body fat. When I was a kid (6-7), I was rock hard, had zero body fat. My brothers and I took swimming lessons from the Red Cross (at least I think it was Red Cross). To get the certificate you had to do several different swim styles and also float on your back. I could swim like a fish but float - no chance. No matter how I tried, it just wasn't happening the way the instructor said to do it. So, in the end, I sorta cheated. I could hold my breath for better than three minutes. I found that if I filled my lungs, I would float but if I let out the least bit of air, down I'd go. Only had to float for 60 seconds to pass. Got that damned certificate.

Today, I float much better.
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Old 07-22-2017, 06:40 AM
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I do not jump out of airplanes or boats! Been around water my entire life and can't really swim, no desire to either.
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Old 07-22-2017, 06:54 AM
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floating is best done by deeply inhailing and not letting much out. shallow breaths, but keeping the lungs filled.

hard to believe some do not even want to swim, you missed a lot
very good exercise for the whole body and it is nice on the very hot days down here in the south.

I guess if I lived in the snow/ice belt up north I would not want to get into the water and swim either
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Old 07-22-2017, 07:24 AM
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I can't imagine not knowing how to swim. In Florida you better learn quick or your dead.My kids learned at two.
Yep. Growing up, I knew a few kids that didn't know how. Which was nuts since we lived along the coast in FL.

I vaguely remember a time when we didn't have a pool in our backyard, but I already knew how to swim.

I still live in FL, and stories of kids drowning in pools are unfortunately quite common. When our kids were born, we made the decision to pool-proof our kids rather than going nuts on kid-proofing our pool. Both were in survival training before they could walk. Not knowing how to swim in this state is just nuts.
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Old 07-22-2017, 09:10 AM
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I can't imagine not knowing how to swim. In Florida you better learn quick or your dead.My kids learned at two.
Not knowing how to swim equals a death sentence in Florida?

Seems like an over the top claim.
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Old 07-22-2017, 09:38 AM
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I cannot "swim" or float...I sink like a rock. I grew up in Florida, lived on a river, I'm a diver and love the water. I can stay afloat, but it takes effort and I know I could not do it for long periods of time, therefore I never jump off the boat without some type of flotation device or tag line.
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Old 07-22-2017, 09:48 AM
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I learned to swim very young, and don't know anyone now who can't.

My grandfather said he didn't know how to swim, well his uncle found out while they were out on his work boat. Said he was about 8. His uncle grabbed him and threw him into the middle of the Choptank, his mom started yelling "he can't swim!" And he remembers as he was trying to stay afloat his uncle calmly saying "He'll learn"
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Old 07-22-2017, 09:51 AM
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I learned very young.. Went to ECU for college and everyone had to pass a swim test before they could graduate..
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Old 07-22-2017, 09:54 AM
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Dad taught me real early on...once I got out of the plastic bag it was easy!

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Old 07-22-2017, 09:58 AM
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Neither of my grandmothers can/could swim. I know if a few others their age that are the same.

I was in the pool at 3 months, and had my oldest in the pool at 8 months. Next one will be earlier. I couldn't believe the # of 5-6 year olds at the YMCA that were just being exposed to the water for the first time.
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Old 07-22-2017, 10:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Belzelbub View Post
Yep. Growing up, I knew a few kids that didn't know how. Which was nuts since we lived along the coast in FL.

I vaguely remember a time when we didn't have a pool in our backyard, but I already knew how to swim.

I still live in FL, and stories of kids drowning in pools are unfortunately quite common. When our kids were born, we made the decision to pool-proof our kids rather than going nuts on kid-proofing our pool. Both were in survival training before they could walk. Not knowing how to swim in this state is just nuts.
Is it an immediate death sentence? Of course not. But I kinda agree with him that there are many bodies of water and pools/canals/lakes in many back yards and public places. A simple slip or trip and you could find yourself in deep water.
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Old 07-22-2017, 10:36 AM
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The fat floaty thing has some merit too it. We were skinny as white Somalians and would sink lime a rock if we stopped moving, we had to learn to be comfortable treading water. Yet my step sister who out weighed us two to one would just lay there and float all day long.
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Old 07-22-2017, 07:40 PM
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My wife can not swim a lick. Long story but here goes--I grew up a military brat, moved all over and was always around lakes, oceans, or pools. All of us could swim before we could walk. Dad got a boat when I was young and have personally owned one since I was 18.
My dad was stationed in Kansas during my last 2 years of High School and I met my HS sweetheart. To make it shorter we dated for 2 years I moved away to go to college and we lost touch. We both married and raised kids, got divorced and due to the internet i got back together with my HS sweetheart. She moved in with me and we got married at the age of 50.
She was. Raised on a farm with only a creek as water, never learned to swim at all. Being with me she had to adapt, she is now able to be out on the boat with me all the time, she learned to canoe, kayak and just play in the water. She loves it and is kind of like a kid doing all these things she was never able to do before. I bought her a good neoprene life vest and with that on she can do anything! Without it forget it! We even travel with that thing. I am sooo proud of her and truly love getting to see here experience the things i love.
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