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Unread 28 Dec 19, 12:29 PM  
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I would class myself as a strong swimmer. Id also class Dd the same. Ds is ok and DH is weaker - he does not like feeling out of his depth.
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I can swim - not fantastic, but good enough for a leisurely swim in the pool. DH is a good swimmer (his school had a pool, so swam regularly). Both kids had lessons from 6 months and continued through to life saving skills.

My mother in law cant swim (mid 60s), my dads a strong swimmer and taught us to swim, and mum can swim but doesnt like to get her hair wet 🤣 (both 75).

The swimming lessons at school as part of the curriculum are inadequate - as a previous poster said, how on earth they expect a non-swimmer to complete 25m after 30 minutes a week for a term or 2 is beyond me. I also dont agree that its a schools responsibility to teach a child to swim - but thats a different discussion 🙄
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I'm a good swimmer. Everyone in my family is tbh. I'm in my 30's and have been swimming since around 4/5 but we were all taught by my dad or uncles while on our holiday abroad. It was one of the trafitiond lol, see who can swim by the end of the holiday lol. Even now the school I work in do swimming lessons once a week for KS2 kids, that's for the whole year.

Regarding the tragic incident in Soain on Christmas Eve though, to be totally honest with you, I'm not convinced it's due to non swimmers... which the wife incidentally has said the husband could swim.

There's something odd about the whole thing TBH. If it was one person yes, but not 3 people, in broad daylight with other people around. Esp in that small of a pool. I may be on my own in that thought, but there's something just not right about the whole incident.
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Im a average swimmer, my wife swims like a stone. So she wanted our daughter to swim, she started early and progressed to a swimming club, at 8 she did the Marie curie swim 64 lengths of our local pool so over a mile in just over a hour then went to school.
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I used to be able to do 15miles, but now at 65 I reckon thatabout 400 Mars would be my limit before I saw my breakfast again

For me now the important thing is being able to help Mrs PPM incase she got into difficulties. I did a lifesaving course when the kids were young incase I ever needed it ( thank goodness I didnt need it ever). One handy tip was how to make flotation out of your trousers. Take them off, tie knots in the bottom of the legs. close and zip the top then flip over your head to trap air in the legs. This will go down in around 5 mins but gives you a break from paddling. This only works in warming waters.
In the North Sea if you arent out in five or ten mins you are done
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Non swimmer here. Tried to learn but just couldn't.
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Originally Posted by Irishlass View Post
... Regarding the tragic incident in Soain on Christmas Eve though, to be totally honest with you, I'm not convinced it's due to non swimmers... which the wife incidentally has said the husband could swim.

There's something odd about the whole thing TBH. If it was one person yes, but not 3 people, in broad daylight with other people around. Esp in that small of a pool. I may be on my own in that thought, but there's something just not right about the whole incident.
My thoughts exactly. Theres more to this story but probably take ages to become public.
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When I was young... long time ago... I was a very strong swimmer, however at the age of 18, I did drown in the sea, I was revived by a life guard mouth to mouth etc and obvious lived, lived to tell the tale, since then I will not go out of my depth although I do like scuba diving! Which is odd, but do tend to panic when I am on the surface.
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