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The First Swimming Lessons In My Life

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The most memorable day for me would have to be the day I learned how to swim. Learning new things can be a challenging at times. As long as I could remember I have been afraid of the water and what could happen to me trying to swim. Later on in life I started to realize how important a skill of swimming actually was not to mention very good exercise. What I didn’t realize was that learning to swim could give me a whole new sense of confidence.

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New situations usually make me a little anxious; this was my first swimming lesson so of course this was no exception. I changed into my trunks and stood next to the pool waiting for the instructor and other students to come out. The teacher and other students came over after a few minutes. The teacher introduced herself and seemed very nice I was the youngest out of all the students but yet no one knew how to swim which made me feel more comfortable.

We all got in the pool the teacher made us wear floaters that way we could start getting comfortable being in the water. One guy Kevin seemed to have taken the class once before, so he got a kickboard and started swimming off by himself. The other student was having a hard time keeping their head above water even with floaters, and I wasn’t much better than him. The teacher had us hold on to the wall to practice our kicking for the breaststroke. One by one, the teacher had us hold on to a kickboard and she us through the water as we kicked. Pretty soon Kevin was off like a pro swimmer swimming fast back and forth as if he knew how to swim the whole time.

Sadly things were not quite that easy for me, but the teacher made sure to teach me at my own pace. After a few more weeks, when I seemed to have caught on with my legs, she taught me the arm strokes. Now I had to concentrate on, my arms and my legs. I felt like there was no hope however, things began to come together and I was starting get it I was swimming! It was a wonderful free feeling like flying, i was floating and it was like all my fears where just slowly disappearing.

Learning to swim was not an easy task but in the end it was worth it and the hard work I put in actually paid off. I also learned something about myself, when I am faced with a new situation I may feel uncomfortable to begin with but I know that as I practice my skills will only get better and I can really do anything I put my mind to. The feeling you get when you achieve a goal you set for yourself really is amazing and makes me want to achieve all my goals the sky’s the limit. 

09 March 2021

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