I'm completely ashamed to say I must be one of a handful of Australians that can't swim. I can barely swim 25m and have trouble floating and won't go past water that is higher than my neck. Needless to say swimming is not a strong point. Flying over open water or boating freaks me stupid with fear in the likelihood something should happen and I land in the water and can't swim to safety.
I do recall that around the age of 10 my cousins took me surfing near Second Valley in South Australia. We got dumped by a wave and I almost drowned. I believe my fear of water and waves may have stemmed from this episode.
Unusual indeed! No one can understand how I bombed in this area when I excelled at virtually everything I put my mind to. I remember the swimming lessons at school all too well - I loathed them terribly and would usually try and feign illness. When not pretending, I was always in the lowest ranked group and just never progressed.
Not fearful at all - I LOVE big waves at the beach. I can't swim but I get a lot of enjoyment from playing in the sea and dashing around over and under the waves. It gives my husband the heeby-jeebies as he's convinced I will get swept off my feet and drown, so I guess you could say HE is fearful of the waves on my behalf :)
I have been an avid beach goer in the past and loved body surfing...left off for years bar walking along the beach.
Stranglely just lately (when the weather is not too hot as in now autumn) I have got back to it and went twice last week! It is devine from 9-11 before ther seabreeze comes in.
Have really enjoyed it and will go again before it is too cold etc.
No, grew up at Palm Beach & swam in surf from a very young age, my Father taught me everything about the 'surf'.
I was, apparently, funny to watch when I got 'dumped'! I'd stand up, laugh my head off, & do it again! This went on for quite some time, my parents' told me when I was older. I just had no fear at all! Just loved the surf! So lucky having a childhood like that!
We holidayed at the beach so the while family loved the surf. I was the least competent and never learned to body surf. My Grandad was amazing - even at 80 and almost blind, he would catch a wave and barrel into shore like a dolphin.
We got dumped multiple times and though it's not pleasant no one made a fuss so we just got up and went out again - and learned how to dive under the dumpers!
We had the BEST holidays.