So on may 4th 2019 I got into the swimming pool turned to mom and said “I can’t swim, I wish I could” I really couldn’t I hadn’t ever been able to. 2 separate times 2 swimming pools I was band from the deep up of the swimming pool.
Seconds later I have no idea how but I’m kicking my legs, floating, and moving from the edge to the half way mark. Yes I swap but I’m kinda swimming!
I adventure out into the deep end with mom, petrified “I might get told off I’m in deep end” “I can’t swim” “I’m going to sink and drown” all the things I told myself as I’m pulling myself through the water with a kind of doggie paddle kicking melt legs as fast as I can.
At the other end I hold on to the edge and mom says “let go, I’m here” full of fear… I let go. I’m not sinking at all I’m floating.
A few weeks later I’m swimming! Learning still but swimming!
Im going up and down the pool I did maybe 14 lengths and the most each time I went and then i randomly swam 22 lengths as it’s my favourite number!
June arrives and I’ve signed up for a 2 mile swim in June! Maybe alittle optimistic but I can doggie paddle and do some other random stuff that will get me from one end of the pool to the other 129 times,right?
By the 9th June, I’d not been in the pool yet. So we went 16 lengths. 0.25 miles, then another 24 lengths. 0.37 miles … 0.62 miles in total.No swimming for a week and half weeks. There is no way I’ll make this now!
So with one week to go I decided I to do it! I went swimming alone for the first time ever in a different and I swam 10 lengths, then the next day back to the pool I felt comfortable in I did 20 lengths. I had completed 1.09 miles I’m half way– with only 2 swim day left! Excited to get to the pool to show my mom my new trick not only could I swim I could swim underwater! Seeing her face light up, made me feel like good, but I had 59 lengths to do!
But she stayed in the pool with me, cheered me on as we passed each other! I wasn’t scared of the water any more, I can swim and float and dunk.
Today I went swimming and I only have 28 lengths left. 2 miles completed… I finished at 31 lengths… 2.03 miles complete!
7 weeks ago I couldn’t swim, I taught myself, supported by mom,she stayed patient, she didn’t let me give up! But I did it… so after (5 weeks of swimming)
I can swim, I can dunk, I can go in the deep end and i float. But most of all I didn’t give up and I worked my butt of to achieve this! I am proud!