Swimming lesson?..Yes, I took swimming lesson at ALAM exactly 3 days before fasting month….but just a one day lesson.
That day, me, Lydia, Sarah and Azida went to the Alam’s sport complex to learn swimming from one of the trainer, JJ. First, his assistant asked us to do warm up after we have changed to swimming attire. Our swimming attires were track suit and shirt. We didn’t have swimming suits at that time.
Then, we went into the pool and JJ asked us to float ourselves. Hmm…it may sound easy but in fact it is hard. At that time I was really stressed because I couldn’t float myself…huhu…and for that we got a whack on our head from JJ….what?!…a whack?…yep, a whack from a swimming board.
After we have finally could float ourselves (not really….), we learned how to breath underwater….meaning how long you can stay underwater after your final breath….huhu…not long I guess….that time the longer we could make was at least 15 seconds. Then, he taught us how to paddle our legs…it was tired and moreover the track suit was heavy when it was wet. I couldn’t make it properly.
At about one hour after we learned the basics, JJ asked us to went out of the pool and start walking around it. Then he asked us to stopped at the end of the pool; the 4 meter depth water level. At first I thought he was going to show us the helicopter prototype that we are going to use during BOSET training but…..actually he asked us, one by one to swim across the pool at that level….WHATTT???!!!…come on that was our first lesson, first day and we didn’t know how to swim. I felt like running back to the room that time.
But still, we went into the pool and started to swim across it, and I was the last one. I was afraid and panicked actually…I took about 10 minutes before I thought I could do it….I think so….then suddenly about 2 meters from the starting point, I couldn’t make it anymore…I was drowned….yes, I was….
However, JJ didn’t help me immediately, he was shouting and yelling at me to keep paddling my legs so that I could float….but I just couldn’t do it anymore….I was panicked….actually at that time I felt exactly like that day I was drowned when I was a kid….it came into my mind and all I know was I want to get out of the water as soon as possible…then only JJ gave me the swimming board for me to float. I was crying to get out of the pool and he said that I have to paddle to the pool side if I want to get out….what a jerk! I swore I would never learn how to swim from him again.
After that day, all of us was so angry with him…and thankful that tomorrow all of us were going back to our hometown and then the fasting month. What a relief! But, Azida did propose to take swimming lesson at Tanjung Puteri Golf Resort after Hari Raya…hmm…it sound good…I think I’ll take it if the others want to join too….
Hmm…when oh when will I know how to swim….I wonder….