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21 June 2006 @ 11:03 pm
Can you swim?  
The other day, a young kid (8 years or so old) asked me, "泳げる?" ("Can you swim?")

Is it normal, to ask that kind of question? Where I am from, everyone can swim pretty much. It's just assumed that you can swim. I never had anyone teach me, I just naturally did it when I got in deep water. Isn't that normal? o.o But I am from the desert where I've went swimming since I was a baby in the wading pool..... o.o
thenefariouslee on June 21st, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC)
I don't know... I actually know a lot of people who can't, myself included. I've had bad water experiences, so I guess it didn't come naturally to me... >_>
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on June 21st, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC)
Really? Wow.... Maybe it's a desert thing, or a west coast thing.... From when I was a kid, I used to go swimming every week or so during the summer, and when I was older, we had a pool in our backyard. But then, most everyone in the desert has a pool of some sort in their backyard.
sugaahcube on June 21st, 2006 02:12 pm (UTC)
Of course it's normal to ask such a question, not everyone can swim just because they're tossed in the water. Personally I never learned how to swim until I turned 9. Even at an older age quite a few people still can't swim.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on June 21st, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC)
Wow, I'm really surprised. I've never known anyone before who couldn't swim. But I've always lived in the desert where everyone goes to the pool all the time.
Yuviyuvi on June 21st, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC)
now.. that was an interesting subject line.

I actually can not swim. I nearly drowned twice, I had to get cpr both times, so now I am just too nervous when I am in large amount of water. I've tried.. I've taken classes in school, even the teachers said that I am just too tense in the water. I guess I've developed a phobia.. I am not sure, but I wish I did know how to swim.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on June 21st, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
Ganbatte!!! When I was about 8, I actually almost drowned too. I was in an inner-tube and walked off the deep end in a river, and suddenly slipped out the middle! I was so shocked, that if my father hadn't been around and seen me go down, I would definitely have drowned!! Though, I guess I was a little bit fearless, because I went right back in next time. ^^;;

I know you can do it, don't let the water scare you! ^^
Mew: Jun Jun - huhgokumew2 on June 21st, 2006 02:20 pm (UTC)
I can't really swim. .^^;;
I can for like..... a little while... and then I get too tired. It's probably because I don't do it right. So ya, I can't swim.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on June 21st, 2006 02:45 pm (UTC)
Nanah, you can swim! ^^ Even if it's just for a little while, you know how to stay afloat and move around, that's what swimming really is, right? ^^
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美夢: Jam *_*_miyuchan_ on June 21st, 2006 02:22 pm (UTC)
It's perfectly normal.
A lot of people can't swim. Floating on the water and move around doesn't mean exactly "swim".
When I was in elementary school I attended to swimming lessons (is that how you call them?) for more than 5 years, and I was already able to swim before those ones^^; (I learned when I was 2 or 3 I think)
But then you can get certificates after these lessons, you can pass some "exams" also on swimming and I got almost all of them (I miss only the "teaching patent" which I think I'll get this year so I'll be able to find a part time job teaching other people how to swim)
But..not all the people are able to swim..my father due to a shock he experienced during his youth even now after so many years can't enter in the water for example..and he can't even float.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on June 21st, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC)
To me though, being able to float and move around means that you can swim. You don't have to do any special strokes, just be able to move through the water at least a little bit. It means that you won't just sink when you get into the water.

I'm so surprised that people can't really swim! It seems so natural to me, kind of like walking I guess. o.o Actually, all this talk of swimming, and the really hot weather is making me want to go really bad! I need to find a pool around here!! (and then get a bathing suit... ewwwwww not looking forward to that one!)
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Megaraptor: Iruka noodle facemegaraptor on June 21st, 2006 02:26 pm (UTC)
Knowing how to swim is not necessarily a natural reflex - if it were, you wouldn't hear about so many drownings in the summertime. I'd say you're just very lucky to have learned on your own.

On top of that I would assume very few children in Tokyo even see a pool until they reach school age--and that's if their school has one. Where would they put the thing? So of course the ability to swim would probably be more uncommon in Japan than it is in Arizona, where everyone has huge backyards and if you have any friends at all, learning is a practically necessity to enjoying future summer birthday parties.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on June 21st, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
Actually, they teach all of the children here to swim in school. I work in 7 different schools and every single one has a pool. The others that I've visited all have pools also. Strangely, they're usually on the roof of the gym! It's so weird! XDXD There are usually pools in every neighborhood, in the YMCA and community centers (I need to find mine! I haven't looked...). It's a little weird for me, since none of the schools that I ever went to had swimming pools or taught you to swim, but I guess it's good. ^^

?bleach_fanart on June 21st, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC)
a kid wun bother abt where u came from ^_^ they juz wan answers to their questions XD~

and as for me, my dad threw me in the water to get me to learn swimming when i was young. =D and hell it worked o___0
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on June 21st, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
You learned naturally, like me!! ^^
hyatt chan: Gakuto/?hyatt_ayanami on June 21st, 2006 02:39 pm (UTC)
I think it's a normal question *_*
Many people cannot swim.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on June 21st, 2006 02:50 pm (UTC)
Really??? But why not? Everyone can float just by holding their breath, and swimming is just floating plus moving your legs/arms. I guess that too many people are afraid to try? I wonder why...
Whitney: dan // my time to shinekashewmoo on June 21st, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC)
It is normal, but I think a lot of people don't swim because they're either afraid to, or just live in an area that doesn't have a swimming pool nearby. I know that I was absolutely terrified of the water when I was about four, but then I was placed into swimming lessons, and as soon as I hit the water, I was swimming like a fish. XD; I love the water (and I'm excited because across the street from the school I'm going to, there's a pool <3).
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on June 21st, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC)
I love the water too!! ^^ But I am one of those people who will go to haunted places in the middle of the night, so a little water is definitely nothing to be afraid of, lol!
Fluffymaru: Sanzou_Rainfluffymaru on June 21st, 2006 03:12 pm (UTC)

I hear the question occasionally, and did even when I was younger. People want to know before they go swimming with you. Even in Florida, there are people who don't swim. They either don't want to, never had parents or anyone who would teach them, or didn't have access to a pool or other body of water. Most of my friends and myself, we had lessons at the YMCA when we were young.

And yeah, swimming is not survival floating. It is possible to teach yourself, though.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on June 21st, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC)
I know swimming and floating are different, but swimming is just being able to move in the water deshou? Whether you're good or can do special strokes is something totally different..
Melissa D. Johnson: Swimmippa on June 21st, 2006 03:36 pm (UTC)
In my experience most Asians (especially Chinese) cannot swim as well as most Americans. I think this is because in America (at least in the South) swimming is a frequently-done pasttime. There are pools everywhere, a lot of families (including mine) had a pool in their backyard, and it is a popular social setting.

Such is not the case in Asian countries. At least, not in China and Japan.

That being said, when I swim at the gym (every day. @.@) the majority of the people there can breast-stroke at best, but a lot of them can't really swim in the true sense of the word.

But I am a snob. I practically have gills.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on June 21st, 2006 03:46 pm (UTC)
I meant, though, swim as in, can they stay afloat and move around in the water? ^^ I can only doggie-paddle, float, and breaststroke, but all of that definitely counts as swimming. If you can go in a pool and maneuver yourself back to the side without drowning, then I think it counts as swimming. ^^

Of course, swimming and swimming well are different, but I'd think that most people would instinctively know how to basically keep themselves afloat. Animals do, even when my cats fell in the pool, they would just start swimming to shore and clean themselves off. ^^
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(Anonymous) on June 21st, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC)
You and I took swimming classes when you were just a little baby, around six or eight months old.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on June 21st, 2006 03:49 pm (UTC)
Who is this? Mom? o.o

I don't remember swimming classes.. but then again I was definitely too young. XD
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Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on June 21st, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC)
But... doggie-paddling is swimming! Why would people think that it's not?
-stringalchemist on June 21st, 2006 04:02 pm (UTC)
I can swim!~


I remember taking swimming class when I was little. Somehow I taught myself to swim underwater with goggles, and totally how to swim ontop of water. >___>

I had to retake swimming lessons when I was 10 -.-;
❮CHIIAE❯: 05chiiae on June 21st, 2006 04:38 pm (UTC)
I love swimming, I use to swim competitively...one of my friends who I use to swim with swam in the 2004 olympics. For some people even without lessons they are just natural learners. So it's normal~

My best friend couldn't swim to save her life, it's just seems to not be in her capabilities ^^;;; I tried to help her out one summer and she'd just sink. I think she's trying some lessons at the moment.