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I’ve always held the train of thought that if you are truly friends with a person , you can call them out for being a prat. Personally I’d never side against a mate whatever , especially in public but

My story with swimming/water is so embarrassing i only tell folk i dont really know that well 😆 Growing up i dont ever remember really even seeing the sea until late teens but once i did i was me

I'll have you know we had some very well known chaps come out of our school.......fair enough most of them are in prison now but thats not the point 😆

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Took my son away last week and the amount of very young kids in the sea unsupervised was mind blowing.as we was having a pint I could here mothers wondering were there kids were..they never even got up..just sat there drinking.

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5 minutes ago, tb25 said:

as we was having a pint I could here mothers wondering were there kids were..they never even got up..just sat there drinking.

Those McCanns just never learn ...

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If your child was in the water , could you do everything you can to save them? 


 I'm close to 60,can't swim,very uncomfortable in water over 3 ft deep....took 2 classes to learn,resolved to the fact I'm never going to learn now....to answer the question above....I'd fail miserably..sad but every summer there's loss of life through drowning...

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Some of the tides and currents depending were you are  are taking you further out regardless how strong a swimmer you are just walk in a small channel when the tides going out only needs to be a foot deep  you will feel just how strong it is against your legs I would think cold water  plays a big part this time of year and how your body reacts it 

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As a reservoir keeper I see this kind of thing quite often. A young lad drowned in one if our reservoirs a few years ago and his mates continued to dive in from a tower while the police were still looking for him! Totally senseless and what a waste of a young life. I’m half expecting to have a call out over weekend telling me something similar has happened. A river, reservoir, canal or the sea, it doesn’t matter, keep out if you’re not capable

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Heartfelt post.

I tried swimming lessons again a few years ago and I felt like technically my stroke really improved. But it didn’t translate into a yard more in distance. I’d love to swim weekly but I suppose I’m just not cut out for it.

Now I suppose this is stupid but I look forward to summer days finding quiet bays and coves for a solitary snorkel and spearfish at. Maybe one day I’ll drown and in those last moments be thinking how f***ing dumb I am or maybe fate is on my side and my judgement will be enough.

I often wonder if it’s a skill I needed to perfect as a child?

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9 minutes ago, cragman said:

As a reservoir keeper I see this kind of thing quite often. A young lad drowned in one if our reservoirs a few years ago and his mates continued to dive in from a tower while the police were still looking for him! Totally senseless and what a waste of a young life. I’m half expecting to have a call out over weekend telling me something similar has happened. A river, reservoir, canal or the sea, it doesn’t matter, keep out if you’re not capable

That’s absolutely disgraceful mate 

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learning to swim is a must do ,i have a 7 year old grandson he has been swimming for two years  ,,good lad 1  it might just save his life one day!!!

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Thats a sad but great and important post mate 👍

Swimming first and formost should be taught as a life skill....

It is essential that ALL children are taught and taught well. To me, i see it as every parents duty to put their children through quality swimming lessons, that should last throughout their school years.

I've been Lifeguard trained for 40 years, worked for the Inshore Rescue on the Mersey and sadly have witnessed some real tradgedys from poor and none swimmers.

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1 hour ago, Bosun11 said:

Thats a sad but great and important post mate 👍

Swimming first and formost should be taught as a life skill....

It is essential that ALL children are taught and taught well. To me, i see it as every parents duty to put their children through quality swimming lessons, that should last throughout their school years.

I've been Lifeguard trained for 40 years, worked for the Inshore Rescue on the Mersey and sadly have witnessed some real tradgedys from poor and none swimmers.

All our kids get swimming lessons, I found it quite difficult to get em swimming myself, 50 notes an 12 lessons later they all confident, so much so we insist on a set of 3 blocks, but the local baths that good they swimming in half a course, an after second course an even third they real good, eldest 2 were asked to stay on an swim fit team but they had too much on, think it’s a decent team aswell so don’t know if that’s why they so good with kids, but like using a sharp knife/dangerous tool, they are life lessons that I believe far too many parents leave too long

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Taught all my kids to swim from a very young age and now my grandson is over here I will be teaching him when he’s older enough …..

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Myself, my kids and my grandkids were all taught to swim by parents before 5/6 year old. An essential life skill as has been stated by others.

Cheers, D.

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