Teaching Mom To Swim

Swimming was something that young women, growing up in Denver, just didn’t do. You should understand that in my Mom’s day there were no public swimming pools. To cool off on hot days, people went to the various lakes around the city. Typically, the boys and men would dive off docks into the cold lakes and would swim around, and the women and girls would sunbathe and wade in the shallow parts of the lake. Swimming lessons were nonexistent. The way that most people learned to swim was the “sink or swim” method: you were pushed into the water and either you made it back to the dock or someone would pull you out.  So, like many people in that generation, my mom never learned to swim.

After years of watching my family having so much fun swimming, my Mom decided that the pleasure of having fun with her kids far outweighed the pain of being left out. So, at the age of 39, my mom decided that she wanted to learn to swim. My Mom trusted me; well, kind of. Her choices were: my dad, a firm believer of the “sink or swim method” and man who had no patience, my uncle Stan, who ran a swim program in Seattle Washington, a total stranger, or me. I’m not sure why she picked me. Maybe it was because she had recently sewn my WSI (Water Safety Instructor) patch on my swimsuit and she thought I would be the most qualified.

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