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Adult swimming lesson with Swim Central at Ultra

I finally had the courage to enroll at Swim Central! Actually, tapos ko na lahat ng 8 sessions. Ngayon, marunong na kong mag freestyle, breast stroke, and backfloat. Ang hindi ko pa rin alam eh ang mag sculling at mag-treading. Feeling ko kasi ang hina pa ng katawan ko. Napapagod agad ako.

Anyway, last December 2017 pa ‘ko nag-inquire, pero nung March lang ako talaga nag-enroll. Hinintay ko munang mag-simula si Yesha sa swimming lesson nya, to muster enough courage. And nainggit naman ako nung nag-lelesson na sya. Kaya gora na rin ako.

But before I began the lesson, All I knew about swimming was how to do bubbles and flutter kick which Daddy E taught me. And apart from that — nada. Add to my zero knowledge, I was really anxious about lots of things, like are the coaches patient? are my classmates friendly? will I pick up the lessons quickly? It was like first day high LOL!

Turned out my worry was needless. I met four coaches in all the eight sessions I had: coaches Joemel, Ervin, Bryan, and Glenn. They were all nice and dedicated to teach the students to swim. I was also happy that I like my classmates too: Cielo, Dolph, and Nat. Too bad I won’t be seeing them again, except Nat who still swims at the Ultra (saw him while I was pratising).

That’s us after our session. A photo from one of the coaches.

Swim Central also has this Open Water Experience (OWE) wherein students get to jump into a deep water and practice all that they have learned — basic swimming and survival skills. Still can’t do that though 🙁 and I get envious watching the videos of those who were able to dive into the deep. But I know someday I’d be able to.

Anyway, I’m really happy na marunong na akong lumangoy, hindi pa nga lang talaga sa malalim. But at least na-integrate ko na yung swimming sa lifestyle ko, yun na yung exercise ko. At least twice a week, nag-suswimming kamj ni Ebet sa Ultra.

And then at first, ang baba ng endurance ko. Ang hina ko. Fifteen meters lang hinihingal na ‘ko. But almost two months into swimming, I can say na nag-improve na yung endurance ko. Kahit papaano, nadederecho ko na yung 25 meters nang hindi humihinto. It’s an improvement. Next time, pag marunong na ko mag treading, kakayanin ko naman yung 50 meters. Pero sa ngayon, kailangan ko talaga i-practise yung sculling and treading… Whew!

Anyway, hindi ko inakalang magugustuhan ko yung swimming. Dati, tuwing may outing, nakatambay lang ako somewhere. Hindi naman ako nag-eenjoy lumublob lang, mababasa pa ‘ko. But at least ngayon, iba na.

I’m thankful sa Swim Central. Buti na lang, may swimming company na naka-focus sa adult market. Kasi when you say swimming lesson, automatic ang maiisip mo pang bata. Kaya as an adult, parang nakakadyahe mag-aral ng swimming. Pero good thing, in my point of view, Swim Central made it look cool. Astig nga ng photo and video advertisements nila. Mahahatak ka.

Anyway, that’s it. If you’re contemplating to enrol for a swimming lesson, eh don’t waste your time dithering. I’ve been undecided for two months. But when I finished all the lessons, I never regretted it. Good luck!

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