Swimming School Drop-Out


water aerobics!



Dear Reader:

So, I flunked swimming lessons. That was over fifty years ago before the evolution of the positive parenting style. I couldn’t imagine that happening today….oh, I hope not. It probably would have been best if my mom had re-enrolled me after my initial failure. But, she never did and so I really can not say that I know how to swim.

But, nowadays I’m game for just about any activity my daughter suggests that will help us meet our fitness goals. And, so it was that I came to find myself enrolled in a water aerobics class taught by Mike, a twenty-something personal trainer, at the Cal Poly University campus swimming pool.

It really isn’t necessary to know how to swim to get a good work-out in the water. We used kick-boards and aquatic dumbbells  and the wonderful resistance provided by the water. It was a tough work-out, but different from my regular cardio in one interesting way.  I was often out of breath; I’m quite familiar with that sensation nowadays. But, I wasn’t hot and I wasn’t dripping sweat as I usually am. It felt as though my mind kept checking in with my body to try to figure out what was going on. Seems I’ve gotten used to sweating!

Today was so much fun, though, that I just might find the courage to re-enroll in swimming lessons. I didn’t know that I could enjoy a pool without a cabana boy and fruity cocktails as much as I did!

Splish splash


18 thoughts on “Swimming School Drop-Out

  1. I can attest to my wife’s fondness for fruity drinks (usually with an umbrella) and an attentive cabana boy to keep ‘em coming. Just saying . . .

    1. I didn’t even miss the cabana boy…I had an “attentive” personal trainer! 😉 Missed you, though!

  2. I’m glad you’ve found a way to reconnect with swimming. I absolutely hated lessons as a child, but in Australia they’re almost mandatory – even on the school curriculum. I remember a high school teacher once using me as an example of ‘what not to do’ – like you said, positivity wasn’t such a thing back then.
    I do swim sometimes for fitness as an adult – it makes a nice change from running. It might be worth taking those swimming lessons after all!

    1. Wow…thank goodness for all the good teachers in life! They balance out all those bad ones. I was the example of “what not to do” in my Spanish class, but, you know what, that’s another thing on my to-do list: learn to speak Espanol! See what happens once you raise the kids, Marie?! You get the time to do it all…and, in my case, my daughter is my biggest cheer leader! Hugs

      1. I love hearing about all the things you do, Michele. Living such a full life will certainly make saying goodbye to the babies a little easier once they decide to leave the nest!

      2. Yes, it took me a while to get into the groove…so to speak…there was a period of adjustment! My fear of aging badly keeps me going too. I feel like there’s a choice: your life can get smaller as you age or not! I choose NOT!

    1. TY, I will! Support and encouragement are nice, esp. when the journey is fairly new! Appreciate the comment.

  3. Wonderful post! I’m glad you had fun in the water and are thinking of taking swimming classes. I definitely should do the same for I am ashamed to admit that I too am a swimming school drop out lol. When I was a kid, I took swimming lessons for three summers in a row. Sadly, I have to admit that I only went to lessons so I could play in the pool because I to this day, I don’t know how to swim!

    1. Well, you are much younger than I am, so if there’s hope for me, there’s hope for you!!! Thanks for reading

  4. So glad you enjoyed the water and the exercise. I hated gymnastics as a child. To this day I can’t do a somersault. But I could swim, oh, how I could swim. It came naturally to me. If I were not a swimmer, I am not sure how I would feel about learning to swim later in life. I might give it a go. But no one will ever get me to try gymnastics. 😀

    1. So funny…I was a gymnast! That’s the only sport I ever participated in! Swimming can last a lifetime, though and it’s so easy on the joints. I haven’t given up. I like the way you talk about swimming. I can hear the incredible pleasure in your words

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