Facing Her Worst Fear: An ELLE Writer Learns to Swim at 28

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We are here to learn how to swim. By we, I am referring to the two dozen or so men and women between the ages of 20 and 60 who are huddled at the edge of the Y pool on East 14th Street in New York City. Though we haven’t yet dipped a toe in, we’re all wet because a large sign in the locker room ordered us to shower before entering the pool area. Many of us are wearing impractical bathing suits that have never seen water. Because we are also required to wear swim caps, we look very strange—the neat contours of our bodies and protruding goggles give us the appearance of wary extraterrestrials visiting an unknown planet. …

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(Image courtesy of MissMessie, CC BY-SA 2.0)

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Production engineer and certified swim coach. Full-time IT consultant, spare-time swimming aficionado. 2 sons, 2 daughters and a wife. President of the Faroe Islands Swimming Association. Likes to run :-)

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