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How I Learnt To Swim

 

Once, when I went canoeing with my friends, I fell into the sea and was almost drowned. Luckily, two of my friends jumped in and saved me. After this incident, I decided to learn how to swim. My cousin, who is a lifeguard, promised to give me swimming lessons once a week.

My cousin is a strict coach. He is particular about punctuality and learning attitude. In the first two lessons, he taught me how to hold my breath in water. Then he demonstrated some basic kicking methods. After three months of practice, I mastered the breaststroke. Two years have since gone by. Now I know the freestyle and backstroke too. I can also swim five hundred metres using the breaststroke at one go and my parents are proud of me.

The regular swimming lessons have made me much healthier, fitter and a lot darker. I even took part in the Inter-District Swimming Competition and came in third.

I have grown to like swimming very much. Though I found the learning phase of swimming difficult, it has been worth the time and effort. Had I not taken up swimming, I would have missed out on a lot of fun!

     
particular   fussy
     
demonstrated   made clear, illustrated
     
phase   period
     
 
 
 

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