Luke Harris, a student at the SafeSplash Swim School in Bellevue, WA, tells his story about learning to swim at the age of fourteen years old.
Being a teen who can’t swim is tough. It’s extremely embarrassing to have to make up excuses to avoid hanging out with friends at the community pool just to avoid having to explain you can’t swim. Before I finally learned to swim, I was anxious about bringing up topics that might trigger the dreaded question “Can you swim?” Of course, whenever this question did come around, I would always just say yes, as I didn’t want to make the situation awkward or feel that embarrassment. Who would? Eventually, I was tired of feeling inferior to my friends. I mustered up the courage and decided I was going to learn to swim!