Can you forget how to swim?

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  1. Don Black

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    I haven't gone swimming (pool/ocean) in about 8 years. And, I'm planning a trip to the beach this summer. So, I'm curious if I've forgotten how to swim... Or is it like riding a bicycle? Clearly, I'm going to hit the pool a few times before my trip as a "dry run" (excuse the pun), but it's a funny topic...
     
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    I would imagine its like riding a bike. I learned to swim years ago, but I hardly ever do it now.

    Isn't most of swimming lessons just learning how not to be afraid of water? I would think once you are past that the rest is instinct.
     
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    I think that if you were a serious swimmer and you hadn't done it in a while, you may lose some of your technique but I doubt you could forget how to swim. I think that would be like forgetting how to jog.
     
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    That seems a bit funny to me, but then again, I never learned how to swim in the first place.
     
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    It doesn't hurt to learn how to swim (you just never know when you'll need that ability).
     
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    Swimming is easy... getting over the instinctive fear of drowning/sinking, that's the hard part.

    Practicing in a pool is probably a good idea, just to get the hang of it, before venturing into the ocean.

    KJP
     
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    Even if you did forget, I believe it would come back to you with the right incentive.
     
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    I absolutely hate the ocean. I hate going out in it. Lakes also. Just the thought of creatures moving around underneath me freaks me out. I'm ok in boats but not me in the water.
     
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    I don't think that YOU will have forgotten how to swim, but your muscles probably have. Like saying goes, "Use it or lose it". So going to the pool to practice is a good idea.

    In a similar vein, I recall going out to play tennis after skipping several years. When the first ball came my way, I knew in my mind exactly what to do. Unfortunately, my legs weren't listening, and I fell on my butt!! At least I wasn't trying to impress a girl at the time. :b
     
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    I honestly do not feel that you can "forget" how to swim. You COULD forget some of the methods, like the breast stroke and others, but most likely not the basic skills.
     
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    I did forget how to bike... had to learn all over again at 5 years old.

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    Well, I jumped on a bike after about a decade and was a little wobbly at first but got back into the swing of things after a few minutes. I just think it's an amusing question... [​IMG]
     
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