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I don’t know.  I mean, I took my second swim class this weekend, and it went pretty good, I guess.  You can see a picture of me practicing floating on my back above, (sorry I cropped it, I didn’t want other people who didn’t give permission to be in the picture too) and I guess I’m doing okay with the basics.  I mean – I can blow bubbles underwater, I can float on my back or on my front, I can swim backwards, but that’s about where it ends. 

Swimming is so complicated.  I don’t mean doggy paddling, I mean “real” swimming.  Like, doing strokes, and not just splashing in the water.  It’s hard.  Turn your head to the side to breathe.  Keep your back arm straight.  Lever your front arm.  Make scoops with your hands.  Only breathe every other stroke.  Look where you’re going!  Even putting in ear plugs properly – complicated.  I dunno.  I think that there are people out there who take to water right away.  Some of us take a little longer.  I mean, I can sort of swim (in two to three feet deep water), but I just don’t feel comfortable doing anything on my front.  On my back I’m okay, but you can’t swim backwards only.  You have to be able to see where you are going from time to time.  Yeah, I can kind of swim on my front, but I feel completely uncomfortable with it and I don’t know if that’s going to get better.  Master says we’re going to get me some nose plugs, which might help – but I just don’t know.

Yes, I know things take practice and time, and I know that if I work on this I will be able to hold my own in water.  I sure don’t feel like I’m going to ever be all that great at swimming though.  We’ll see.  In the meantime, time permitting, Master has been taking me out to the pools in our own complex to practice.  It’s good, but I don’t think I’m improving as fast as he wants me too.  I dunno.  Maybe it was just a rough session.  The “usual” water comfort teacher wasn’t there, and I felt like the substitute kept pushing me to do more things.  I mean, yes, I can definitely do some of the things she was saying, but that does not mean that I was feeling comfortable with them.  :/  She was really sweet though.  I think she had more confidence in me than I did.

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