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  • new to swimming kinda,

    Ive been swimming for years (like normal people) but never competitevely and im just not sure where to start, I'm currently not bye a pool but I live by a lake would that be good too, and would i need to train differently in a lake than perhaps a pool?
    6'3-178lbs-17 - Future SEAL hopeful

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    Re: new to swimming kinda,

    Swimming in a lake is different than in a pool because you cant just stop if you cant go any farther. When i swim in a lake with my Dad i usually get some string/rope and tie one end to my leg, th other to a life jacket. You also need to watch out for boats, therefore it is wise to wear a bright swimming cap when there are boats around.. I would look for a pool as your first choice but if you cant find anything, a lake should do just fine. Hope that helped.
    Luke
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    • #3
      Re: new to swimming kinda,

      By lake do you mean like a large recreational lake or s smaller sized like fishing pond, I have a small lake by in my backyard with is around 100 yards wide, but it rarely is used by boats, and it depends on your level of comfort in the water, if you are not very comfortable then just spend time swimming around in it, then start swimming for endurance swimming farther and faster each time. By nature I am very comfortable in water, and so I just started off building my endurance.

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      • #4
        Re: new to swimming kinda,

        I like swimming in lakes its just i have a problem with you know organisms that bite.

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        • #5
          Re: new to swimming kinda,

          If you've ever practiced the dead man's float or floating on your back, you know that if you run out of energy and you're way out there you can just float and be fine. You should never swim until you're almost at the point of drowning, though I think most drownings happen from people "freaking out" and then tiring themselves out from thrashing and over exerting themselves. If you're not comfortable in open water, hit up a pool but try not to touch the bottom.

          The only difference in a lake is that you can't just stand up and stop. Learn your floats, get some confidence, then hit up the lake/ocean/whatever. Good luck.

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          • #6
            Re: new to swimming kinda,

            Yea one of my friends got a cramp and he couldn't swim to shore by himself so i had to help him. He kept trying to stay above by trying to push me down. I kept trying to tell him to stop but he was to freaked out to keep calm. I wanted to knock him out because he was pushing me down. I kept my cool though and helped him ashore. Yes like Atromos said about not freaking out because you can drown or kill some body else swimming with you.

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            • #7
              Re: new to swimming kinda,

              Originally posted by Bear Jew View Post
              Yea one of my friends got a cramp and he couldn't swim to shore by himself so i had to help him. He kept trying to stay above by trying to push me down. I kept trying to tell him to stop but he was to freaked out to keep calm. I wanted to knock him out because he was pushing me down. I kept my cool though and helped him ashore. Yes like Atromos said about not freaking out because you can drown or kill some body else swimming with you.
              not only that but you need to learn how to keep your cool in a bad open water situation

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              • #8
                Re: new to swimming kinda,

                I wouldn't recommend swimming in a lake or pond unless you or your swim buddy are strong swimmers & know what to do in "worst case scenario" situations. Just get a membership to a pool & swim often.

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                • #9
                  Re: new to swimming kinda,

                  Yeah lakes are dangerous tbh, like when i go tubeing there's alot of free floating and swimming between boats and the current is very strong in some cases I'll just wait till i move back to my place and get to the pool. @ Bear jew yeah lol fish like to bite apparently
                  6'3-178lbs-17 - Future SEAL hopeful

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                  • #10
                    Re: new to swimming kinda,

                    Are we going to be SWO's or not? If something bites....bite back.

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                    • #11
                      Re: new to swimming kinda,

                      If you are not a good swimmer then don't swim past your capability. Na, you'll be alright. The only dangerous animal in a lake are alligators. Florida has alligator farms next to SCUBA dive sites where you can go swimming with them. -Hector 1st place Navy Boot Camp PT, 1st Place base wide PT "Captain's Cup" 1999

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