Oscar Kightley faces his fear of water and learns to swim


Oscar Kightley is two laps into his swim to survive.

The actor and comedian has spent the past 20 years being scared of the water.

The 44-year-old said his fear of the water followed two near-drowning incidents.

“That kind of kept me out, but I always knew I was missing out on something,” he said.

“Our Earth is covered two-thirds by water, so if you don’t know how to handle yourself in that two-thirds you’re kind of limiting your life.”

He’s been confronting his fear of the water and learning to swim since 2012 and has become strong enough to finish two lengths of a pool.

This summer, he’s aiming to spend more time in the water.

“My dream was to just get off the bottom of the pool and to be in water over my head and not freak out,” he said.

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