Learn to Swim at 40

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There are a lot of things that aren’t cool. A fly in your glass of wine, not cool. When you dog leaves you a present in the basement, not cool. And when you’re 40 years old and can’t swim well enough to save your life, definitely not cool.

According to my own definitions, I am not cool but that is ALL about to change because two weeks ago, I started taking swimming lessons.

Let’s just say the first night of lessons was a bit embarrassing. At the time my “adult” swim lessons started, about 50 “kid” swimming lessons were ending. I’m pretty short so thought just maybe I would blend in. No such luck. My swim instructor ran up to me and loudly (very loudly I might add) said, “are you here for adult lessons?” I replied yes as I hung my head in shame.

My instructor looked about twelve. A twelve-year old was about to teach my forty-year old stubborn ass how to swim. If you know me, you know that I don’t take direction well. In fact, I’m not good with any type of direction(s). I’ve been known to get lost in a Trader Joe’s parking lot. I mean, what could I learn from a twelve-year old? Apparently a lot.

I’ve learned that blowing bubbles out my nose is easier for me than out my mouth. I’ve learned that the reason I was such a bad swimmer as a kid was because my kicks are terrible. I’ve also realized that I can get over a little embarrassment. Knowing how to save myself, my daughter or even my dog from drowning is more important than what a bunch of kids and their parents think.

Surprisingly my first lesson and second, third and fourth went really well. I’ve gone from blowing bubbles in the water to streamlining with kicks. And guess what, it’s not as embarrassing or as scary as I thought it would be. I’m going to learn to swim at 40 or drown trying.

If you or someone you know can’t swim, get off the couch and take lessons! Seriously. Everyone should know how to swim. It’s the one physical activity that can actually save your life or the life of someone you know.

Do you know someone who can’t swim?

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  1. I cant swim either. Im forty-Eight, So i am embarressed . My eight year old son cant swim either so I thought i would take lessons aas he soes. I defiitly want to get them taken before summer for both of us. It makes me feel good knowing im not the only one

    • You’re definitely not the only one! My boyfriend is 44 and he can’t swim either. In fact, we’re taking lessons together. Best of luck to you and let me know how you do with your lessons!

  2. Wait a minute… you’re 40?! What?! That’s really awesome that you are learning to swim! I’ve never been a string swimmer, but I can fake it well. I’ve actually looked into something like this myself so I can love swimming as much as my kids do.

    • Yup, 4o and a half as my daughter would say…lol! I’m glad I’m taking lessons. It’s one of the best things I’ve done for myself.

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