JumpStart by Robb Armstrong


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  1. Agent54

    Agent54 said, about 3 years ago

    Learning to swim is perhaps the second easiest thing to learn next to breathing. The mistake most people make is thinking racing is the first step to swimming and you learn on the water surface. Mammals (some) prefer swimming on surface,, fish swim under the surface.
    Once I got that concept though to my grandkids who claimed they could not swim for trying for a year, they picked it up in 20 minutes.

  2. gcwh

    gcwh said, about 3 years ago

    I think all folks should learn to swim, or at least to survive in water if they fall in. Even, or especially, folk who may have limited mobility. Panic is the biggest killer → if you just let yourself float, you can survive to be rescued. But folks fight it and end up putting themselves and rescuers in more danger than needed. Support you local pools (YMCA, YWCA, Community pools)

  3. cabalonrye

    cabalonrye said, about 3 years ago

    My dad threw me in the water when I was two and waited until I surfaced again. I was forever taking my arm bands off so he decided that if I wanted to much to jump in the water he should better make sure that I could keep my head out of the water.

  4. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, about 3 years ago

    Unfortunately, a large number of African-Americans are never taught how to swim. The New York Times states that the number is 70% of African-American kids. I believe that Robb may have addressed that in the past. It’s a life skill, and I believe that all kids should be taught how to swim as part of their basic school curriculum.
    New York Times op-ed piece about 70% of Black kids not knowing how to swim

  5. ottod

    ottod GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    I learned to swim under water before I learned to swim on the surface. I’m still working on breathing underwater…

  6. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, about 3 years ago

    I took my kids and grandkids to swimming lessons, and it took some of them years to get it. The lone athlete got it right away, swimming across the pool with her face under water. The rest, not so much. The Aspie boy finally caught on in high school (they gave them classes in school, on and off, in Wisconsin). Was he ever happy!

  7. Kris Bennett

    Kris Bennett said, about 3 years ago

    I learned how to swim when I was four, it was one of the ways my Mom kept me occupied

  8. Nelly55

    Nelly55 said, about 3 years ago

    I kept jumping into the “big” pool so my parents paid one of the lifeguards to teach me how to swim……..and I was 3

  9. Dr Fogg

    Dr Fogg said, about 3 years ago


    I started out under water before learning to swim too. At one time I could out swim any surface swimmer.

  10. samfran60

    samfran60 said, about 3 years ago

    I could never get over the fear that something under water would pull me under so I would drown. I have tried many times to learn but, that fear is ALWAYS there. It is a real phobia.

  11. Agingstoner

    Agingstoner said, about 3 years ago


    If you’re referring to public pools, your fear is justified. A certain percentage of that water contains urine, feces, saliva, and sweat.

  12. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, about 3 years ago


    If there’s enough of any of those substances to pull you under… then you really need to find a different pool!

  13. Potrzebie

    Potrzebie said, about 3 years ago

    Someone will soon claim to have learned to swim from the web!

  14. Lamberger

    Lamberger said, about 3 years ago


  15. Sailor 46

    Sailor 46 said, about 3 years ago

    I joined the Navy in 1965, I didn’t know how to swim. I knew how when I graduated from Boot Camp. In those days you couldn’t graduate unless you at least passed a rudimentary swim test. I don’t know if that is still true, but it should be.

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