So I’m gonna do this Lifescouts thing, and the swimming badge is my first.
I learnt to swim in a mummy-daughter class when I was really young in a pool that has since been condemned due to rats (not good) and therefore bulldozed and the land now boasts an ASDA, which makes me really sad whenever I go past it.
Swimming was my favourite sport at school, probably because it was the only one I was ever any good at: I got put in an advanced class and was allowed to swim at the big kid’s school - at the age of 8 I didn’t think any other achievement would ever compare. A few years after I also got to help the really young kids with their swimming lessons, making my swimming ego grow and grow.
But, as good as I got with swimming I have never been able to, and probably will never be able to, climb out of the pool. Technically I was perfect, I was faster than most, and I was good at distance swimming, but could I climb out at the end? No. Not even close.
Now in my twenties I only ever swim when I’m on holiday, and I always come back thinking about how much I miss swimming and that I must get back into it, but I don’t. Maybe this badge will spur me on… And I definitely still need to learn how to climb out!