While swimming can get you ashore and save your life when that boat sinks, it does not come to you automatically. Many people get to learn swimming by floating with coconuts or whatever at their home village, or maybe by enrolling into a professional course at a certified swimming pool establishment. If it's the latter, here are some struggles you are likely to face (or have faced) after joining the classes.
YOU GET TIRED AFTER EVERY CLASS
When I used to be regular at swimming classes, I couldn't do anything after getting back home because my limbs wouldn't work after enduring the water pressure for so long. I remember dreading the weekly holidays since my classes fell on those days. There was this one lesson where I had to hold on to the side of the pool and kick my legs against the water keeping my body straight. It was an absolute nightmare that presented the popular motto “No pain, no gain” to me.
YOU ARE PRETTY ANXIOUS AROUND WATER
We all have trust issues, and they are at their peak when you're asked to jump into the pool, despite being assured that you will not drown. Even though you know there is ground beneath your feet, you don't find a sense of trust in the deep blue pool as you have thoughts like “What if I'm pushed to the deeper edge?” or “What if the water enters my lungs?” This is a struggle that doesn't last long but it is plenty long enough.
YOU NEED AN ICE BREAKING SESSION WITH THE POOL
As you descend down into the water, the sudden change in temperature holds your body captive. Then you become stiff, and it takes you some time to be able to stretch your limbs in the pool properly without the cold affecting you. Yes, I know we are just normal humans but if I wanted many superpowers, the power of acclimatising fast in water would be high up on the list.
YOU (MIGHT) HAVE TO FACE A HORRIBLE COACH
If you're taking your swimming lessons on the holidays, chances are high that the place will be packed and the coach won't be able to give you the proper share of his time. They will ask you to practice after giving you certain instructions. If you ask them to repeat, following any sort of confusion, they will probably lose their calm among the bunch of learners who are as eager as you and shout at you in front of everyone. At least, it was as such in my case.
YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH ANNOYING SWIMMERS
You are preparing for a dive after many calculations. You plan to at least cross a 7. Then you take the dive, and another swimmer collides with you midway because he/she doesn't have the decency to observe their surroundings before crashing someone's attempt. Though it mostly happens when the pool is crowded, one should not overlook the fact that they are the ones mainly at fault.
Shah Tazrian Ashrafi wants his life to be like stormtroopers: always missing easy kill shots. Send him prayers at firstname.lastname@example.org