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I started swimming aged 6, now in my 70's and still go swimming, strange thing is I have never been able to float, even in the sea when I lived in Australia and body surfed for hours at a time.   Not heavy boned, slim build, when I lay on my back I slowly start sinking, feet first with a slight roll.

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Been looking at swimming lessons here for a child but seems a bit of a rip off.

 

10 x 30 minute sessions for 6500 baht + 2000 baht sign up - reward for sign up - swimming diaper.

 

Our lad has been in a pool 8 times to date and each time he's been in 7+ hours. 

 

Taking him for a 30 minute lesson will end in a tantrum and for 600 baht we can book a hotel close by and spend all day in a pool with him.

 

 

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, Bkkjimbo said:

Been looking at swimming lessons here for a child but seems a bit of a rip off.

 

10 x 30 minute sessions for 6500 baht + 2000 baht sign up - reward for sign up - swimming diaper.

 

Our lad has been in a pool 8 times to date and each time he's been in 7+ hours. 

 

Taking him for a 30 minute lesson will end in a tantrum and for 600 baht we can book a hotel close by and spend all day in a pool with him.

 

 

 

 

 

Surely he could stay in the pool after the lesson.

 

Where we are there is a 20M salt water pool.

 

I know an adult who tells me she is charged 700thb ...not sure if one hour or half an hour ... I will ask...that includes pool fees.

 

I see children learning very quickly as the time I swim is around 4pm and children have finished school.

 

I sometimes see group lessons...

 

It is a lovely pool ... I'll post a pic later ...there is also a small restaurant at the side...

 

 

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9 hours ago, JAS21 said:

Surely he could stay in the pool after the lesson.

 

Where we are there is a 20M salt water pool.

 

I know an adult who tells me she is charged 700thb ...not sure if one hour or half an hour ... I will ask...that includes pool fees.

 

I see children learning very quickly as the time I swim is around 4pm and children have finished school.

 

I sometimes see group lessons...

 

It is a lovely pool ... I'll post a pic later ...there is also a small restaurant at the side...

 

 

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I'm not sure if the thread starter ever took any lessons, but I hope he did. I am 35 years old and never swam one day in my life. I am afraid of the water.

 

I could take lessons here in New York, but they are kind of expensive. I can use an upcoming Thailand trip and take more lessons, practice swimming in pools/beach, and enjoy warmer weather during a span of 2 weeks.

 

I'm comfortable in Chiang Mai and Bangkok, but if there is somewhere better in Thailand where I can maximize my swim lesson potential (like Hua Hin for example).

 

I'd probably be going back in March 2020. Any advice appreciated. Thanks. 

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On 5/22/2019 at 2:25 PM, Speedo1968 said:

I started swimming aged 6, now in my 70's and still go swimming, strange thing is I have never been able to float, even in the sea when I lived in Australia and body surfed for hours at a time.   Not heavy boned, slim build, when I lay on my back I slowly start sinking, feet first with a slight roll.

small lungs? 

 

some people are negatively buoyant 

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On 12/14/2019 at 10:14 AM, InterestedSugoya said:

I'm not sure if the thread starter ever took any lessons, but I hope he did. I am 35 years old and never swam one day in my life. I am afraid of the water.

 

I could take lessons here in New York, but they are kind of expensive. I can use an upcoming Thailand trip and take more lessons, practice swimming in pools/beach, and enjoy warmer weather during a span of 2 weeks.

 

I'm comfortable in Chiang Mai and Bangkok, but if there is somewhere better in Thailand where I can maximize my swim lesson potential (like Hua Hin for example).

 

I'd probably be going back in March 2020. Any advice appreciated. Thanks. 

Quite a few swim instructors here on Koh Samui.

 

Search iswim samui

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Most importantly, remember that you stay on the surface of the water due to the air in your lungs. Therefore, breathe deeply and do not panic! 😃

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