>How do I learn to swim as a 22 year old black male?

>How do I learn to swim as a 22 year old black male?
For whatever reason my parents put my sister in lessons but not me. I’m pretty athletic, however I’ve picked up many injuries from playing sports so I think swimming is probably the best form of cardio for me to preserve my mobility as I age. The issue, like I said is I’ve got no clue how and I’m scared of embarrassing myself and confirming every stereotype when I show up to the pool

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Just pay for swimming classes. I also can't swim, probably because I live in Arizona and don't need to. Also don't worry about embarrassing yourself, better to try then to not try at all.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      How fricking poor are you? Everyone in arizona has pools and everybody can swim. What do you live on the rez? I have never once met anybody who couldn't swim in arizona

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah, im broke, how'd you know lol

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Because the white people here all buy their kids swim lessons at age 3.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            My kids learned to swim on their own with no lessons and no instruction. Swimming is just not for blacks.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Thats nice, but I'm not white. The only things my mom buys me is gaming equipment and books for college, which is good enough for me

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    If you take a big breath and lie on your back (pic related), it’s impossible to sink. Then all you have to do is kick your legs and you’ll start moving ( see this link: https://youtu.be/m7-shp5wkao). Once you have the confidence that you can avoid drowning the water becomes a lot less scary & you can practice other forms of swimming. Don’t worry about what other people think, they’re not going to be paying attention to you

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Like others have said, just pay for lessons and don't worry about people laughing at you. The only weakness is refusing to improve, and the opinions of crabs mean less than nothing.

      That's not really true. Whenever I try to float on my back, my legs sink and pull the rest of me down. Luckily treading water is piss easy, I'm White, not Black, and I played water polo for years so I know the eggbeater kick. So drowning isn't really a concern.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        https://i.imgur.com/0kxCASG.jpg

        If you take a big breath and lie on your back (pic related), it’s impossible to sink. Then all you have to do is kick your legs and you’ll start moving ( see this link: https://youtu.be/m7-shp5wkao). Once you have the confidence that you can avoid drowning the water becomes a lot less scary & you can practice other forms of swimming. Don’t worry about what other people think, they’re not going to be paying attention to you

        Black people are negatively boyent. They can't float on their backs. That's why they struggle to swim, they're always sinking.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >Black people are negatively boyent
          how does this work

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            They tend to have denser bones than the other races. In my case, I can swim, but can’t float/tread water. As soon as I stop swimming, I sink immediately.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              To add to this, I guess the exception would be salinated water. I can tread that. But fresh water is an absolute no go

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                Keep your fingers closed, moron. They won't push the water down if they're splayed out, you need a spoon not a fork.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              I think it's not really that they have denser bones and more that they have shorter thoraxes and limbs. Thorax is a lot more buoyant than the limbs.
              Also OP from my experience the most important thing for an adult learning to swim is to be comfortable underwater. I would try staying underwater for longer periods of time underwater (try this in a chest high pool obviously), try opening your eyes underwater as well. Maybe even start trying to swim underwater before you try swimming at the surface. That way you wont panic when your nose, mouth and face go underwater while swimming and you wont be as tense while learning. Currently teaching a freind how to swim and the number 1 thing is getting rid of fear so you can actually focus on technique without constantly getting distracted by a fear of drowning.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                *shorter thorax and longer limbs

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                I am a white dude with a long torso but I too have negative buoyancy, my dad and brothers have the same problem. We have dense bone structure and sink like stones. I can swim, but treading water is like doing HIT training to stay afloat. The only time I was ever able to enjoy swimming like a normal person is when I got fat as frick for a couple years. I was blown away at how easy it was to float like everyone else...

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Sign up for swimming lessons at a pool. Don't go somewhere yourself and try to float, every year there are blacks who die trying to do this.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I think swimming lessons are probably the best bet, or you can ask one of your friends who knows how to swim to teach you. I don't think you should worry about embarrassing yourself when you're trying to learn a new skill, plus the time it takes to learn how to swim is pretty short, so you'll be swimming well within a month or two tops.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Why did you specify you're black?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      because blacks are disadvantaged at swimming

      t. also black and suck at swimming

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        no they aren't, victim

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        [...]
        Black people are negatively boyent. They can't float on their backs. That's why they struggle to swim, they're always sinking.

        >Black people are negatively boyent
        how does this work

        Lmao holy shit I thought this was just another racist IST meme, but it’s literally true. Black people are less buoyant than white people for a given bodyweight

        https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28561485/

        I’m actually dying of laughter

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >study says the blacks were leaner than the whites
          this isn't the own you think it is

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Still amazes me that this isn’t common knowledge. The stereotype exists for a reason

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Have someone who knows how to swim go to the pool with you and show you the ropes. It’s extremely easy for adults to learn how to swim and can be done in a single afternoon. People of African descent tend to have greater bone density than most other races hence why most blacks aren’t good swimmers

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It’s too late

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      How is any of this relevant? How is learning to swim chasing lost youth? Are you suggesting that op shouldn’t even try

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Chad learnt to swim at age 11, you are decades behind your peers and will never be able to catch up. It’s over

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Uhhhh normal people lear to swim at age 3

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >jump into pool
    >try not do drown
    once you are able not to dronw take it from there

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    how the frick do blacks not know how to swim? it's like saying "i dont know how to jump" it's as natural as breathing.
    >stand still
    >float
    >do literally any type of movement
    >also float

    ??? what is there to learn. people literally need to attach weights to themselves to go diving otherwise they just float and can't go down. the frick?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I believe because they are closer to apes than other types of people. Apes also have a hard time swimming. People getting attacked by chimps can use water to escape because chimps panic and drown

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        yeah i genuinely think they just panic and make weird movements and push their own head down. probably some innate fear of water, rather than lack of capacity to actually swim.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous
        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          white people dont have rail thin lips like that, its only the upper lip thats small

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I don't get it their skin and lips arent monkey colored

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      This. I was never formally taught how to swim, we just learned to swim as kids on our own. I can't understand how can someone drown in a calm sea or pool, just move your arms and legs to propel the body lmao

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I referee youth water polo and I’m always astounded when I see a black player. I almost never see one. It’s crazy

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    get those little arm floaties and learn how to kick, then take them off, and wa la

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      its voila not wa la

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Stereotypes are just patterns people pick up on brah. Don't be worried about not conforming or matching up to patterns.
    Just do the things you want to do and be open to criticism unless it's an unprovoked attack without useful information.

    Google adult swimming lessons and on the first day just yell 'black man can't swim' before you cannonball into the safe end of the pool.
    For the lols

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Don't be worried about not conforming or matching up to patterns.
      he's worried about the opposite, moron.

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    My GF is black and can’t swim (sorry bro, another one claimed by BWC). I intend to teach her when we have the time.
    What I would do if I were you is either suck it up and be embarrassed because at the end of the day you’re making yourself better and fixing a flaw you have identified. That’s not embarrassing when you look at that bigger picture, and it would only take you a few lessons to be able to swim.

    If you do it by yourself, go with friends who CAN swim and you trust just in case you frick up and need them to help/get help, stay shallow where you can stand and practice floating. First you learn to float face up so if you cannot swim when you’re deeper all you have to do is remember to float.

    Then you use a pool noodle, keep it under your chest or back while you practice basic strokes. Backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly (hard to do with the noodle tbqh), but freestyle is probably what you wanna focus most on at first. Use YouTube for the forms. Get some goggles so the chlorine doesn’t frick your eyes, be conscious of the edge so you don’t slam your head into the wall and KO yourself.

    PRO TIP: Don’t be a fricking moron. If you frick up dont flail and lose your shit like a moron. That makes it worse, all you have to do is chill and float. Inb4 muh black people sink stfu pussy. You people freak out, often for no reason, and this is why you drown all to put on a dramatic show. I grew up swimming competitively and went on a field trip to some pool or water park or some shit, in the shallow end had some random black kid lose his shit and put me in a head lock just to start drowning both of us literally dug his nignails into my forehead with his other hand. I got drowned worse than him, had to use every fiber in me last second to punch/push him off of me and then tell him to just fricking stand up. School staff starts coddling him while I was the one coughing my lungs out and puking water everywhere. Don’t be like that.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      https://i.imgur.com/82psXy5.png

      >How do I learn to swim as a 22 year old black male?
      For whatever reason my parents put my sister in lessons but not me. I’m pretty athletic, however I’ve picked up many injuries from playing sports so I think swimming is probably the best form of cardio for me to preserve my mobility as I age. The issue, like I said is I’ve got no clue how and I’m scared of embarrassing myself and confirming every stereotype when I show up to the pool

      And for what it’s worth, my swim team had a few black people who could swim as well as any of us. They won meets like we all did, they got ribbons and trophies just like all of us.

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >be 30
    >dont know how to swim
    >go to the local swimming school at first hour after opening
    >only old people there
    >some doing physiotherapeutic swimming
    >nobody gives me a second glance since my shitty form is hardly the shittiest form in the pool
    >now 32
    >regularly participate in open waters swimming events
    just find an hour with lots of old people in the pool i guess

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >How do I X as a black
    Frick off you disgusting chimp

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      relax

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    Nta but you’re right. They have the same exact bouyancy. The idea they don’t was just cope to protect the feelings of black people. “We got denser bonez n shiet”. I have over a +3.0 on my bone density and I don’t sink. Black people freak out and don’t even attempt to float. They immediately do their over the top reactions such as when they see a bee and jump and run 100 feet away (if you’ve spent time around black people you know what I’m describing).

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      +3.2 chad here. What’s up?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Do you also realize you float just fine or do you cope and blame aquatic incompetency on your density?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Who said I was black, moron? I'm not that coping anon

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Where did I claim you were black, you absolute fricking moron?

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              Do you also realize you float just fine or do you cope and blame aquatic incompetency on your density?
              Gaslighting homosexual, lmao.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                Nah you’re the little b***h who has drawn his own assumptions. Not far above our posts about bone density scores there is a white anon claiming he has negative bouyancy due to his torso being too long. This is on you for drawing such assumptions and then getting emotional about it. I originally was assuming you’d respond agreeing with me and say something like “yeah lmao same shit I float just fine” but now that you’re crying about “gaslights” you sound like an actual hoe. You took it as a personal attack and chose to be affected negatively by it, immediately puking ad hominem. My intent was to further the discussion, but you have allowed yourself to get emotional from words on a screen. This is just sad.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      > over the top reactions such as when they see a bee and jump and run 100 feet away
      Oh my god, this brings back some childhood memories. I distinctly remember being at summer camp and watching with amusement as the chubby black kid overreacts to a bee. I’m pretty sure this is a universal experience among millennials

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >swam a decent amount as a kid
    >haven’t been in a pool in over 10 years because of how bad my avoidant personality disorder has gotten, I’m afraid to be seen in public doing it, even with a pool being in the housing development I live in

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    What you need to learn is to float, swimming comes naturally and easily after. Just go into water up to your shoulders, and then try positioning yourself into a position where you don't reach the bottom, and try to make yourself afloat. Once that clicks, everything else will come naturally.
    The earlier you will learn to revel in embarrassment, the sooner you will start to live your true life. Strange how the younger the person is, the more they are afraid of showing your imperfections, while we all know you're good for nothing, because that's just how it is in life, you learn how to be someone eventually.
    Look at teenagers, they are deathly afraid of being embarrassed, that's a kid's thing, really doesn't let you enjoy life.
    Failure is an integral part of success. People will laugh, you will then know which people aren't worth your time. Of course there are friends who laugh for friendly reasons, but you get the point.
    Anyway, go swim and enjoy being embarrassed lil nug

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Just go to a public pool and start off in shallow water, then go deeper and deeper and start watching how others swim.
    If you start to flounder there will be a teenage white boy who will pull your ass out of the deep-end.

  20. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    if you're looking to be able to swim effortlessly for distance, look up the Total Immersion method

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  21. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You don't.
    You will start drowning. Some white father of 4 will rush to help a helpless monkey that you are. You will panic and drag him down with you. You will just have a nice day (which is good) and an innocent person. Yoh might think you won't, but that's yiur nature. You will have a homie moment and kill innocent people.

  22. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >black
    you can't

  23. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    take a lesson. watch youtube videos. swimmers are more obsessed than runners, theres tons of content out there about swimming form. breast stroke is probably the best stroke to start with to not feel like youre drowning. its slow as hell but thats not whats important right now. practing your breathing and getting comfortable creating an efficient shape in the water instead of doggy paddling like a b***h should be your focused.

  24. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >tfw not a Black person
    Thank you jesus. Imagine falling off a boat and just drowning

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