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Is it Bad to NOT know how to Swim?
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Posted 6/11/08
I have no interest at all in swimming. But I'll only take lessons so that I could have the ability to save people who are drowning.
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I couldn't swim till I was eleven and I'm still a crummy swimmer. I managed to learn because the teacher I had at the free swimming week was rather nice, methinks it has a lot to do with position and not randomly thrashing about in the water. It might be good for you to watch other people swim and watch their form and how they hold their body in the water like is their beside up higher than yours would be and are their shoulders or stomach held differently and such. Also try floating on your back first by taking a deep breath before leaning back and putting your hands at your side and straightening your legs and being as straight like a log as possible. It's called the dead man's float, it might be helpful to at least know how to float in the water so you don't just drown. You can't move when floating though or you'd make the balance become messed up. I suppose you could say swimming and bike riding have a lot in common, since you need balance for both and you need to learn to balance while moving, which kinda makes it tricky. Though I rarely go swimming anyway, so I can't say I know a lot. Also if you try swimming first use floaties and make sure you bring someone who can help you if you start to drown when trying it out without floaties to see if you got it right. Also you might want to practice in a area you can just stand up in and be able to breath if you start to go under when you first begin until you can stay above the water for a long distance without beginning to drown. Don't swim in deep places until you feel you aren't going to drown for sure. And if you have a friend who can help you with swimming in a deeper area that might even help since you'd be able to not depend so much on the standing up whenever you feel you are about to drown and such. I hope my tips are helpful to you in any way.
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it's kinda bad u know.. but if u wanna learn so bad, try floating.. don't panic and just pretend your in bed.. you will float if u don't move
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It's IMPORTANT. Believe me. Water is the most dangerous element, might as well arm yourself with something which can help you in facing it. (Swimming!) I was a volunteer for an Eagle Foundation and my mates were crossing the pacific ocean to get to this island where there's an Eagle. The current was too strong the boat overturned and needless to say, those can't swim...

They we're all safe, (thanks to those who can swim) but it was an experience too traumatic that those who couldn't swim are not taking up diving lessons. (I mean, above water dive, not under water)
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It's not a matter of bad or not but rather a necessity. Everyone should know how to swim for safety reasons. So everyone should go learn to swim=)
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22 / F / Texas
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i can't swim.
i mean, i guess it's bad, but if you stay away from large waters, then it'd be alright.
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yes it's bad. when the world fills up with water you would have to swim. or when ur plane crashes and goes down in water, you would have to swim. or when a boat hits an iceberg, you would have to swim.
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Great first topic..should've thought of it myself o.O

Its not reallyy bad, but its better if you do, in case you ever drown or something. I used to hate swimming lessons, but as I got used to it, I started to like it, and now I love swimming...if that helps in any way...which it probably doesnt. o.O?
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25 / M / under a mushroom
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its easy to float......but its much easier to drown.....
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Haha I already did swimming lessons but I was only able to swim forward and float with your back on the water.
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O_oStefferzO-o wrote:

Awww. Try floaties. It's important to know how! Good luck mate. *cheers for you*



xD oh my god thats a lot of floaties.

i suggest going to either swimming lessons or dogpaddling in a local swimming pool. you can also ask friends.

it's important to know how to swim b/c you never know when you'll be thrown into a large body of water
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no, cause I don't know how to swim
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I know how to swim. Its good to know. Just in case..
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28 / M / the chair in fron...
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hmmmm. . . if yur drowning then .. . . yes its bad to not know how to swim
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24 / M / Middle of nowhere...
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It's not bad not knowing how to swim but I really suggest you learn how to. I used to swim regularly as a sport and thanks to my swimming skills I managed to save my dads life who drove our family car off a steep bank and into a lake. I managed to pull him out as the car sunk underneath him, It ended up 2m under water. Yeah, It was my dad who forced me to learn to swim and I guess it paid off. Seriously, learn to swim if possible, you never know when you'll need it.
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