YaYaYa, Oh YaYaYa, YaYaYa………..
No, no I have not lost it, i have actually gained it…
I have gained the skill of swimming 😀 and i am so excited, i am going YaYaYa 🙂
To give you the history, i didn’t know swimming till now. Though i was enrolled to join swimming classes, my brother who joined first, caught Jaundice and that stopped my mom from letting us venture anywhere near the pool..But i always wanted to learn swimming. And after my rafting experiences and a vacation in Goa, i decided that learning swimming should go in my bucket list…
So when my front door neighbour P told me that let’s join swimming (We have a pool in our apartments), i had to tell her that i don’t know how to swim. She volunteered to teach me and i grabbed the opportunity 🙂
So while hubby entertained Zini, P, Her daughter T(yes that is Zini’s T Didi) and I went swimming…
Here is the Day-by-Day Account….
We paid money and were allowed to enter the pool 🙂 though there is a guy who is supposed to be the instructor, he just sits there and doesn’t say anything. Hubby says, he is there to save you if you drown, not to teach you to swim 🙄
So, i was totally taught by P and her daughter T ( she is all of 7 years and swims like a mermaid)…
P told me to hod the rod and float. I couldn’t…My legs kept touching the floor of the pool…
Looking at the situation, T came and told me “Aunty, let your body go, don’t worry you won’t drown, it’s shallow here”!!!!
I agreed that i can’t possibly drown in the shallow water and decided to let my body go, and yes there was some floating 🙂
Then P told me to keep my face inside water, i followed and there was complete floating……
Lesson learnt on day 1 was, to float while holding the rod and kick the water.
This day i revised 1st day’s lesson and learnt a new trick.
P asked me to move forward by kicking water. When i tried it, i realized that rather than going in front i was going backwards 🙄
But after many tries i could do it, and managed to move forward 🙂
P said, she won’t be able to come, but will send T the mermaid, along with me…
So, T came and i asked if she could teach me. She said of course and immediately got down to business…
1st she asked me to move away from rod and float. Now this was something that i couldn’t do out of sheer fear. I panicked whenever my face went inside water and i couldn’t see anything. Doing this while holding the rod was alright, but without the security of rod, i couldn’t gather enough courage to do it..
I told T to carry on with her swimming as i was feeling guilty for wasting her swimming time. But T didn’t give up. She said “Aunti, if you think you can do it then you will be able to do it, think positive and don’t panic”!!!! These words of wisdom, coming from a 2nd grader!!!!!!!
She realised that i was panicking because i couldn’t see underwater. So she gave me her goggles and asked me to try again. And Viola….This time i didn’t panic, i could see the floor of the swimming pool and i managed to float while moving my hands!!!!!
Though initially i couldn’t move anywhere, after some time i managed to move North-west while targeting north!!!! But i managed to SWIM.
And finally, with T’s encouraging words and her goggles i could manage the right direction as well 😀 T also taught me back floating and swimming and various front strokes 🙂
I was so excited at accomplishing this feat that i had the state of mind of Zini when she started walking (i didn’t want to stop), But like all good things, my first swim had to end as the instructor (?!?) informed us that time was over….
My little teacher has promised to teach me more tricks in the water and i am looking forward to it….
So i declare that this day (26th June, 2010) should go in the history as the fateful day of my acquiring the swimming skills 🙂
Here, we will ignore the facts that i swam in shallow waters only, managed to hurt my toe by kicking the floor of the pool in place of water and could manage the right direction only with T’s goggles….