Learning to Swim Essay

343 WordsJan 29, 20132 Pages
Learning something new can be a scary experience. One of thehardest things I've ever had to do was learn how to swim. I was alwaysafraid of the water, but I decided that swimming was an important skillthat I should learn. I also thought it would be good exercise and help meto become physically stronger. What I didn't realize was that learning toswim would also make me a more confident person.New situations always make me a bit nervous, and my firstswimming lesson was no exception. After I changed into my bathing suitin the locker room, I stood timidly by the side of the pool waiting for theteacher and other students to show up. After a couple of minutes theteacher came over. She smiled and introduced herself, and two morestudents joined us. Although they were both older than me, they didn'tseem to be embarrassed about not knowing how to swim. I began to feelmore at ease.We got into the pool, and the teacher had us put on brightly coloredwater wings to help us stay afloat. One of the other students, May, hadalready taken the beginning class once before, so she took a kickboardand went splashing off by herself. The other student, Jerry, and I weretold to hold on to the side of the pool and shown how to kick for thebreaststroke. One by one, the teacher had us hold on to a kickboard whileshe pulled it through the water and we kicked. Pretty soon Jerry was off doing this by himself, traveling at a fast clip across the short end of thepool.Things were not quite that easy for me, but the teacher was verypatient. After a few more weeks, when I seemed to have caught on withmy legs, she taught me the arm strokes. Now I had two things toconcentrate on, my arms and my legs. I felt hopelessly uncoordinated.Sooner than I imagined, however, things began to feel "right" and I wasable to swim! It was a wonderful free feeling - like flying, maybe - to beable to shoot across the

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