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Edited 4 years, 16 days ago

Poll: Do you know how to swim? (278 votes)

Yes 87%
No 13%

I'm 21 and I don't know how to swim. It's not because I am afraid of water per se, but because I find it disgusting to go in a place where other people are/have been swimming. I do have OCD though, so that may be the reason.

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#1 Posted by RedCricketChase (462 posts) -

Yeah, I do. Public pools kind of gross me out too, though, and swimming in water where I know there are creatures swimming below me kind of scares the living hell into me.

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#2 Edited by Nightriff (7112 posts) -

Doggy Paddle cause I'm too lazy

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#3 Edited by TheDudeOfGaming (6117 posts) -

If we were supposed to swim we'd have gills. I also never travel by plane.

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#4 Posted by jking47 (1290 posts) -

@thedudeofgaming: If you were supposed to talk to people that are not next to you you would be telepathic so you better get off the internet too.

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#5 Edited by RedCricketChase (462 posts) -

@jking47 said:

@thedudeofgaming: If you were supposed to talk to people that are not next to you you would be telepathic so you better get off the internet too.

Haaaaaaaaaa! That sums up most convos I have with religious people.

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#6 Posted by DaMisterChief (612 posts) -

Screw the ocean, screw the pool. Im playing video games

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#7 Posted by EVO (4029 posts) -

Yes, I can perform the basic human function of swimming.

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#8 Edited by DarthOrange (4178 posts) -

Yes, it is not that hard people.

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#9 Posted by DarthOrange (4178 posts) -

Yes, it is not that hard people.

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#10 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

It's been a while, but I did swim a lot in my youth, so I'm quite at home in the water.

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#11 Posted by Cyrus_Saren (555 posts) -

Yes. Maybe not as graceful as other people but I can swim.

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#12 Posted by haffy (681 posts) -

If we were supposed to swim we'd have gills. I also never travel by plane.

We kind of do have gills... we just use them for hearing now.

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#13 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8020 posts) -

Yes, I was a competitive swimmer for 13 years and still like to do recreational swimming for exercise.

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#14 Edited by selfconfessedcynic (2970 posts) -

@darthorange said:

Yes, it is not that hard people.

Not true. Depending on the style you are using, your respiratory fitness and body composition (eg, those high in muscle), swimming can be very difficult indeed.

Not to call you out, but for me swimming used to be part of my lifestyle and I thought the same way, but after 10 years focussing on studies rather than fitness (to put it mildly), it's thrown all of my preconceptions down the drain.

@Alekss;

I hope you don't feel bad about not being able to swim, especially with some of these responses and the current position of the poll (80%+ of voters can swim).

Living in Australia, where there's pretty much a swimming culture (partly spawned by us living on a frikin island, with most of our populations near the coastline), we tend to forget that some people can't swim or insist at a young age that they learn for various reasons.

That said, if you are ever in a position where you wish to build your cardiovascular fitness, I highly recommend swimming and rowing as solid pursuits. In many ways, these two are the best forms of cardio out there - especially in the areas of low-impact fitness routines that are easy on your joints / bones, and energy expended / hour.

Plus, being able to swim for survival is a plus in and of itself.

If you ever plan to learn, I'd recommend starting with an easier stroke such as breast stroke, as it is very low energy and can get you out of most situations. However, if you ever plan to go to the beach, where rips and such are a potential danger, then freestyle and derivatives thereof are good to know.

ED: As for the best places to swim, private gyms with good indoor facilities are the way to go. Some beaches aren't bad either.

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#15 Posted by Ares42 (3554 posts) -

What an age we live in... People turning down the ability to perform something that could very easily save their life some day. Swimming is one of the most basic survival skills there is. I would hope it's mandatory curriculum in every developed country.

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#16 Edited by haffy (681 posts) -

lol swimming is important to survival? Fuck CPR, being able to find food, water, navigation or shelter. Gots to learn to swim first!

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#17 Posted by GunstarRed (6044 posts) -

I've got a 5 metre badge from school. I can totally swim that far (and by swim I mean push myself really hard off the side of the pool and splash about a lot for that distance.)

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#18 Edited by hockeymask27 (3696 posts) -

I don't know if I'd call it swimming but I know how not to drown.

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#19 Edited by chainreaction01 (219 posts) -

I never learned how to swim, but at the same time where I live I would have to try to find a place deep enough for me to drown (not including pools of course). It can be awkward at times socially but it's no where near would I would classify as a "survival skill".

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#20 Edited by TobbRobb (6083 posts) -

I got forced into learning how to swim. And don't get me wrong, it is and likely will be a useful skill for varying reasons, I don't regret or reproach my parents for teaching me against my will.

But I seriously hated being in water when I was young and I still kind of do. I'll avoid it like the plague if I have better options. It's gross, cold, noisy, sticky and underwater lifeforms are scary as hell.

... I should probably head out and see if I can still swim.

@haffy You obviously don't spend a lot of time crossing deep water....

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#21 Posted by nerdsbeware (281 posts) -

I grew up with a pool in my backyard so yea, I know. Plus went to summer camp for years so...

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#22 Posted by Clonedzero (4206 posts) -

yeah, but i haven't gone swimming in like over 5 years

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#23 Posted by thebunnyhunter (1532 posts) -

Im 21 and i Never learned how to swim and now i borderline terrified of large, deep bodies of water

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#24 Posted by Dalai (7868 posts) -

I have the ability to move in water, yes.

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#25 Posted by dungbootle (2502 posts) -

No :(

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#27 Edited by Canteu (2968 posts) -

I sure can, but fuck public pools. I will also never enter an ocean or sea by choice.

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#28 Edited by haffy (681 posts) -
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#29 Edited by coakroach (2497 posts) -

Never had lessons when I was a kid, never learned to ride a bike either.

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#30 Posted by riostarwind (1221 posts) -

Never had a reason to swim and no one ever taught me so I don't know how to swim.

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#31 Posted by Fredchuckdave (10205 posts) -

Yep, and as a consequence of being tall and thin I can swim reasonably fast, despite poor technique.

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#32 Posted by GERALTITUDE (5718 posts) -

Go learn to swim.

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#33 Posted by TooWalrus (13391 posts) -

Fat Floats.

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#34 Edited by wefwefasdf (6730 posts) -

I always wondered why they had to give swimming tests at summer camps... On a completely unrelated note, I think I know now they had to give swimming tests.

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#36 Posted by Subjugation (4963 posts) -

I learned how to swim in one summer as a young kid. It took me a little while to master the pattern for stroke and breathing without inhaling a bunch of water, but I eventually got it. I'm glad I learned how because, like others have said, it could very well save my life someday or allow me to save someone else.

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#37 Posted by pr1mus (4158 posts) -

Yes and fuck public pools. Shit's gross.

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#38 Posted by ArtelinaRose (1993 posts) -

I love swimming. I would go snorkeling three or four times a week when I was in Hawaii for a summer. It's just wonderfully relaxing to throw yourself in the water and just go wherever you want for an hour or three.

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#39 Posted by Alekss (357 posts) -

@ares42 said:

What an age we live in... People turning down the ability to perform something that could very easily save their life some day. Swimming is one of the most basic survival skills there is. I would hope it's mandatory curriculum in every developed country.

It's not survival where I live in

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#40 Edited by Ares42 (3554 posts) -

@alekss: Well, if you are in a situation where you need survival skills, it's usually not at home =)

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#41 Edited by Alekss (357 posts) -

@ares42 said:

@alekss: Well, if you are in a situation where you need survival skills, it's usually not at home =)

I need to travel a few hours by car to get to an open sea here in Romania. The only way to drown is if I jump in a pool on purpose. But whatever

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#42 Posted by Alekss (357 posts) -

@ares42 said:

@alekss: Well, if you are in a situation where you need survival skills, it's usually not at home =)

I need to travel a few hours by car to get to an open sea here in Romania. The only way to drown is if I jump in a pool on purpose. But whatever

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#43 Edited by ConfusedOwl (1161 posts) -

We have a swimming pool in our back yard so yes I can swim, in fact I love it!

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#44 Posted by dgtlty (589 posts) -

The percentage of people who claim they cannot swim is staggering. Didn't expect that.

Does that mean the same people have actually never experienced the sensation of swimming? Because that is blowing my mind.

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#45 Posted by Sanity (2149 posts) -

23 and nope... never really could swim.

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#46 Edited by MegaLombax (457 posts) -

Yes. It's quite a useful skill. You never know when you'd need it. Also, its fun and relaxing.

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#47 Posted by Tearhead (2436 posts) -

I live on an island (Barbados), so yeah. I think it's illegal not to be able to swim if you live on an island.

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#48 Edited by Alekss (357 posts) -

@dgtlty said:

The percentage of people who claim they cannot swim is staggering. Didn't expect that.

Does that mean the same people have actually never experienced the sensation of swimming? Because that is blowing my mind.

What's so unbelievable?

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#49 Posted by spaghettios (13 posts) -

I can swim, and I kind of have no idea what it would feel like to not know how/be able to. Crazy thought.

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#50 Posted by Mrsignerman44 (1105 posts) -

Yep, took some classes during a summer in middle school, and I always came home to some episodes of Cowboy Bebop.

Good times.