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2 hours ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

Question the 19th of March: Can you swim?  If so, when did you learn?   Any funny stories involving swimming?

 

Learned to swim can be subjective.  I did take lessons as a child...in a pool.  This means I will be able to survive all encounters in water up to my neck.

 

I have not been required to test my skill when I would not be able to touch the bottom.

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2 hours ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

Question the 19th of March: Can you swim?  If so, when did you learn?   Any funny stories involving swimming?

I can swim, although it's been years since I've done so.  I don't remember when I learned, although I know my grandmother enrolled me in a swimming class at the local YMCA so that was probably when it happened.

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4 minutes ago, Clearman said:

 

Learned to swim can be subjective.  I did take lessons as a child...in a pool.  This means I will be able to survive all encounters in water up to my neck.

 

I have not been required to test my skill when I would not be able to touch the bottom.

On a related note, I have tested my skills in the deep ocean.  One fun thing on a submarine when you have the time to do it is swim call.  You stop on the surface (somewhere warm like the Bahamas' or the Med, and go swimming.  It can be a bit disconcerting when the only object in sight is the sub though. 

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2 hours ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

Question the 19th of March: Can you swim?  If so, when did you learn?   Any funny stories involving swimming?

 

 Yes, taught by parents at about the age 5, along with siblings. Greatly enjoy it and have had pool membership wherever I live. Swim nearly every morning that I am ashore, it's my main form of exercise. Have Instructors SCUBA qualifications as well. No real funny stories, just lots of good memories at being lucky enough to dive and swim in quite a few exotic locations.

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18 minutes ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

On a related note, I have tested my skills in the deep ocean.  One fun thing on a submarine when you have the time to do it is swim call.  You stop on the surface (somewhere warm like the Bahamas' or the Med, and go swimming.  It can be a bit disconcerting when the only object in sight is the sub though. 

That sounds creepy. What if a kraken got you :wacko:

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3 hours ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

Question the 19th of March: Can you swim?  If so, when did you learn?   Any funny stories involving swimming?

 

I learned how to swim shortly after I learned to walk, which is kind of funny to me since I've been inland my entire life.  Not quite certain why my parents insisted on it, but it was one of those things I just really REALLY enjoyed, and even to this day I rather enjoy Lane swimming...  Even though it's a lot harder since the improperly treated shoulder injury ten years ago (short version: WCB swapped my competent physiotherapist with a college student that didn't pay attention), and I never did recover my full range of motion. 

 

The only thing that qualifies as a funny story for me would probably be the end of the school year meets, where despite everyone on my team knowing fully well that I wore glasses,nobody would tell me how I placed.  Even funnier when looking back is I spent a good five seconds looking up at the giant red blur on the wall (the timing board) TRYING to see what it said.  No idea how I placed to this day in the 200m events, but front stroke I was 39th in my division, and back stroke I was 7th, both being 200m - something our coach suggested I try getting into because apparently it was usually rather difficult to get me out of the pool, let alone stop me in a lane (I'd usually go 4-5km before stopping for a bit, and so she figured one of the more endurance focused ones would better suit me). 

 

Oh yeah, and since I didn't have any platform training, I started from the deck, which surprised a bunch of people... 

 

Even more so was the constant "omg, where are the flags, they should've been here by now!" feeling that went through my head at finals, because the pool we always trained in was 25m, and Kinsmen was 50m.  Of course, I was able to reset my internal timing after the first turnabout, but yeah, those first 50m felt rather weird. 

 

 

.. Oh yeah, parents put me through the Red Cross swimming lessons too.  Probably still have my badges somewhere. 

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1 hour ago, redambrosia said:

That sounds creepy. What if a kraken got you :wacko:

That's what the torpedoes are for....

 

Although during swim calls, we did have a guy stationed on the bridge as a shark watch with a rifle.  The running joke is that if he saw a shark he was supposed to shoot the guy furthest out to draw the shark so everyone else could get aboard safely.

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4 hours ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

Question the 19th of March: Can you swim?  If so, when did you learn?   Any funny stories involving swimming?

Yes. Some time in elementary school. 

not really?

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4 hours ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

Question the 19th of March: Can you swim?  If so, when did you learn?   Any funny stories involving swimming?

 

My mother was (and is) terrified of water and completely forbade any and all swimming, so even thought we lived near a beach virtually my whole life (Navy family) I went all the way to adult hood without getting more than ankle deep in any beach, lake, river or pool. 

 

As an adult I made it a point to learn a little so I wouldn't drown if I like tripped into a pool or something, so I am an excellent floater and can sort of doggy paddle about in a pool now. 

 

Side note: I also get terribly seasick. My Navy veteran father finds this hilarious as, every Morse who's ever lived has joined the Navy until me and my brother. 

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I learned to swim when I was about five years old. Used to swim all the time, haven't in at least twelve years now. I'm sad that all the indoor pools in Pittsburgh have really high membership fees, and all the public outdoor pools have hours that conflict with... Everything I do.

 

Funny story... When i was about 16, I went with some friends out on a boat off the coast of Panama City, Florida, and we decided to go swimming out in the open water. A pod of dolphins showed up, maybe 50 yards out, and several people got out of the water. When the pod closed to 10 yards, I was the only one still in the water. A dolphin came right up to me, within 18 inches, and we started at each other for a few seconds. I, thinking, "Sea World lets people pet their dolphins, this is fine," reached out to touch the dolphin. 

 

The dolphin smiled.

 

My reptile brain finally kicked in as I saw all those teeth and suddenly realized I was staring down a predator in its natural habitat. It did not try to eat me as I swam - quickly - back to the boat, and I count myself lucky for that.

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Yes, early on in life too. Nothing really funny, though I do tend to go swimming with the mermaids at conventions.

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Like most, yes & early in life. Thou not too early. I think I was around 11 or 12 & I was spending the summer over at my grandmother's. She figured more or less, since I liked going over to the pool in town, that it'd be best if I learned to swim.

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I was given lessons at an early age. It went so badly that I had to be pulled out by the lifeguard.  Like some others I have little body fat and I don't float.  I used to have panic attacks if I couldn't touch the bottom or side of the pool, and forget any kind of ocean swimming.  It was a great disappointment to my father, who was a champion swimmer, along with my brothers, who did junior olympics one summer. 

 

But give me a life jacket or other flotation device and I love being in the water, especially snorkeling. 

 

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1 hour ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

That's what the torpedoes are for....

 

Although during swim calls, we did have a guy stationed on the bridge as a shark watch with a rifle.  The running joke is that if he saw a shark he was supposed to shoot the guy furthest out to draw the shark so everyone else could get aboard safely.

Sounds legit.

 

I can swim well enough... Not well, but I don't sink unless I want to. 

 

Sadly no funny stories.

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