My daughter Alma taught me to crawl a few summers ago. I’ve always lived being in (and mostly under) water, but just never got the hang of the breathing part of crawling. Hence I managed one maybe two breaths before I sort of drowned.
But then Alma taught me and since then I’ve been practicing more and more. I remember in the beginning when I first swam in a 50 meter long indoor pool. That was a stretch, just managing even one length of that was almost more than I could manage. Because while I no longer ‘drowned’ my breathing and crawling technique was far from perfect and I got so tired so quickly.
But I persevered. Did 25 me a h of breast stroke x 2, back stroke, crawl. Repeat x 10. Then slowly the percentage of crawl increased and since at least 2 years I’ve been able to do a full kilometer of crawl. It’s great because I avoid the crick in my neck that breast stroke give me.
Just did one km at Segevångsbadet in Malmö, a nice slow swim to get some relief from the almost tropical heat of southern Sweden. All the while my son and his best friend were having fun jumping in the pool. Summer at its best!