Ken who went on to gain his Padi Licence. This is what he had to say about his learning how to swim.
Hello Irene, Hope you remember me, Ken Jenkins from Lichfield, you gave me two days of swimming lessons at the end of February. I’d just thought I’d let you know how I’m getting on. I’ve been going to the pool 3 to 4 times a week since my lessons with you, doing my drills & getting some funny looks from the staff and other people in the pool as I went through gliding, kicking & then my stroke, time after time.
As you suggested I didn’t try to swim, but after a week of drills I put into practice all three elements and actually started swimming. I’m sure you’ll be pleased to know that last week I swam 50 lengths of the pool (a total of 100 metres) on each of the four visits I made that week, I had to take a few breaks of about a minute every 5-10 lengths, but steadily I’m building up my stamina. Which is the RIGHT way to go!
As I explained to you at my lessons, my aim was to get my PADI licence to go scuba diving, but I had to be sure that I could pass the swimming test of 200 metres before proceeding. I feel so confident in the water now that I have booked a holiday in Egypt on the Red Sea in June to try & get my PADI open water licence. I’m really looking forward to it, and although a bit nervous about swimming in the sea for the first time, I’m sure I’m going to be OK.
Today I swam 1500 metre (75 lengths) again with a few 30 seconds to 1 minute breaks, I just feel so proud that I’ve achieved this and I want to thank you for making this possible. I’m not the fastest thing in the water but then again that wasn’t my goal, I’m sure & steady and that’s fine with me. I’m also aware that I need to keep working on my action, I still make mistakes but I’m always trying to correct any faults knowing what I should now be doing.
I just wish I’d learnt to swim before, I really look forward to my sessions in the pool, and feel really good about myself because I can swim properly, with my head down in the water as opposed to more experienced swimmers who I now know are not swimming as they should. I’d confided in one of the people I met at the pool before taking lessons that I was unable to swim and was about to do a two day intensive course, he told me last week that he couldn’t believe I’d only been swimming for six weeks and asked me if I was going to swim the channel.
Thanks again Irene for all of your help and understanding during my two day course, I know I’m not the easiest person to teach anything but its been a life changing experience, if its OK with you I’ll let you know how the scuba diving course goes and perhaps send you some photos.
Ken who went on to gain his padi licence did so for the depth of 18 metres!