Re: Swimming necessary??
John Peschken (jpeschken@TSI.COM)
Mon, 2 Feb 1998 21:30:14 -0600
I was a kid who just couldn't seem to be a good swimmer. I got through the
summer camp swim tests on a wing and a prayer.
Now, I have two sons. One is built like me, and he seems to have the same
problem. I don't know if we're just "dense" or what. We're both very
large boned (this is NOT code for fat!) but despite many hours of swimming
lessons, and lots of practice time, he is just an adequate swimmer. The
other son has had the same attention, and swims very well.
The BSA's focus on swimming has been a mystery to me most of my life. It's
an important survival skill, but these days the boats all have flotation,
and you're wearing a PFD at all times, at least in Minnesota. All you need
to do is get back to the boat.
Odd, how it's still sort of a sore point with me, about 35 years later. It
just seems unfair to me that so much is based upon one skill, which is so
dependent on what body you were dealt by your genes.
At 11:29 AM 2/2/98 -0600, you wrote:
> Again, I was just curious if anyone else has encountered this
> I had the same problem 20 years ago but aside from the merit badges
>cannot remember how I passed the lower ranks.
Maple Grove, Minnesota, USA
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