When you are embarrassed by the fact that at the prime age of 25, you can’t swim, you have lost half the battle. Because if you are uncomfortable or feel insecure, it will take more mental energy than required.
I too got caught in this situation. I saw kids of age 5 swimming like a pro and I was standing knee deep in water with the ability to do nothing else.
It is alright to feel out of place. But don’t let that stop you from trying and making the place a comfortable zone for you.
Remember no one is going to pamper you and tell it is going to be easy. If anything people will mock you, pull you down and try to demean you. Not all of them but few people will mess around with you.
And as a typical human nature, you will take into account only the negative energy.
When you are in such tension zones, small wins make you feel awesome and helps in overcoming fear and out of place feeling.
For example, being able to float or being comfortable going inside water and coming out. When you can do that, you see them as a positive step and helps in the overall improvement.
So you do the basic jump in the pool, lie down comfortably and try to push forward to do the illusion of moving in swimming pool.
This is the reason you need something quick and easy to propel fast. When you know nothing, it is difficult to focus on the training part, the social pressure gets you.
You know how to float and do the breathing exercises, doing the leg movement is a nice improvement. But now you need to do the actual swimming.
What do you choose?
Freestyle swimming – front crawl is the easiest to learn among all the swimming methods on average. So you choose this to help you learn faster. Because once you can do at least one type of swimming, learning other forms can take ages and it won’t make you feel less.
You are not the lowest common denominator now. Ideally, getting pressured, feeling insecure shouldn’t happen. But if it happens, you now know how to go through it and still emerge victorious.
Go get freestyle swimming to become the champion for your past self.