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Mandy’s Story: Set the challenge by her family

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Mandy tried to learn to swim at school but had to be ‘fished out’ during her 25m test when they started it in the deep end and she panicked. This had a huge impact on her and she hadn’t returned to the pool since then.

I was terrified when I went to my first lesson after so many years. But it really helped that one of the teachers was in the water with me.

But when Mandy turned 49, her family set her a series of challenges to complete during her 50th year – among them was to finally learn how to swim.

After seeing swimming lessons advertised at her local pool in Lowestoft, she decided to face her fears and enrol.

Visiting the pool for her first adult Learn to Swim lesson was a huge moment for Mandy. It was a challenge and she was confronting years of fear by visiting the pool.

“I was terrified when I went to my first lesson after so many years,” said Mandy.

“But I soon relaxed and calmed down when I realised how friendly the teachers were. It really helped that one of the teachers was in the water with me.

“It made such a difference to my confidence.”

Mandy completed her Learn to Swim lessons and was swimming confidently but felt the need to continue to improve her technique.

Following her first course of lessons, Mandy took advantage of the subsequent ‘2-4-1, bring a friend’ offer and her husband joined her on the scheme.

The two of them accessed the intermediate lessons and began to go swimming together in their leisure time.

They both now swim regularly as part of a healthy lifestyle and Mandy admits she’s come a long way since she started her first lesson.

“In the past we would have sat on the side of the pool with our toes in the water, but on my 50th birthday we swam in the hotel pool together,” said Mandy.
 

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