Ethel L. Williams
Mr. Dennis Harried
English Composition I
06 October 2010
Learning How to Swim
Learning something new can be a scary experience. One of the hardest things I have ever had to do was learn how to swim. I was always afraid of the water, but I decided that swimming was an important skill that I should learn. I also thought it would be good exercise, and it would help me to become physically stronger. What I did not realize was that learning to swim would also make me a more confident person. I had learned new situations which can be scary; I learned how to get over my fear, and learned that sometimes I can’t always expect to learn things as fast as the other students and to have patience.
New situations always make me a bit nervous, and my first swimming lesson was no exception. After I changed into my bathing suit in the locker room, I stood timidly by the side of the pool waiting for the teacher and other students to show up. After a couple of minutes the teacher came over. She was a tall skinny lady with dark brown hair. She smiled and introduced herself. Her name was Mrs. Dangerfield. Two more students finally joined us. Although they were both older than me, they did not seem to be embarrassed about not knowing how to swim. I began to feel more at ease.
We got into the pool, and the teacher had us put on brightly colored water wings to help us stay afloat. I was very nervous; I even felt like turning back until to something caught my eye. One of the other students, Marietta, had already taken the beginning class once before, so she took a kickboard and went splashing off by herself. She had once been a beginner like me and seeing her being able to do things on her on kind of motivated me. It also tells me that Mrs. Dangerfield must be a pretty good teacher. The other student, Jerry, and I were told to hold on to the side of the pool and shown how to kick for the breaststroke. One by one, the teacher had us hold on to a kickboard while...