If you don’t know who Michael Phelps is you are not watching any Olympic coverage and shame on you. Even if you think China’s leaders should instantaneously combust because Tibet is not free, you cannot deny that the greatest athletes on the planet competing is an amazing thing to watch. I have been catching as much of it as I can, and I witnessed live how one human won 8 gold medals in a single Olympics. Amazing.
I knew that my wife was a tennis player and actually competed before. We had talked about sports quite a bit since we both like to watch sports, but I had never mentioned that I actually swam in high school. I was part of the team and helped with lifeguard duties. I also did some diving, but nothing at any competitive level. It was mostly about fun, doing laps and working out.
A couple of years ago I heard one of my friends mentioning not wanting to get on a boat. At first I thought it was sea sickness, but then he told me he did not know how to swim. It surprised me that an adult did not know how to swim, but then I started to ask and guess what… a lot of people don’t know how to swim.
I have not taken a lifeguard course in a long time, or renewed my first aid training. However, I know I can teach people how to swim. I have a pool where available where the kids section of it is actually a good size. I also have flotation devices, aka love handles, that can keep a couple people afloat. In all seriousness, I think is a very good skill to have.
I want to invite any of you to come and learn how to swim. Let me know who is interested (I know a couple of you mentioned you would do it) and we will work out a date for a little swimming lesson.