Learning to Swim in a Different Way

I learnt to swim breaststroke at school and always enjoyed swimming but I knew that my style wasn’t very good. I always kept my head out of the water to keep my hair dry and the family used to laugh at my lop­sided leg kick. When I married in 1958 the newspaper reporter must have been desperate for some human interest and wrote, “The honeymoon will be spent in Italy, both are keen swimmers.” After one holiday in the 1970’s, when I swam more than usual to get fit, I had a bad neck­ache when I returned home. I went to see my G.P. and she straight away asked if I swam with my head out of the water. When I admitted that I did, she said, “No more breast­stroke any more.” So I taught myself a form

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