I grew up swimming. I can't remember a time I couldn't swim. I took my children to learn to swim, and they are good swimmers, as I think it's a life skill and water sports are fun as hell. I was a life guard in high school and even surfed the meager ass waves on the gulf coast of Texas. The reason I bring this thread up is because my 67 year old mother in law doesn't know how to swim to even save her own life. This came up recently because my wife and I are shopping for a house and we both want a pool. My wife mentioned that her mom, who pretty much nannies for us, cannot swim and is worried that she will drown; so she is having second thoughts on the pool. She isn't worried about the kids as they are strong swimmers. My wife Isn't the strongest of swimmers but she can survive in the water if she needed to. How can you go through life not knowing this one important life saving skill? It baffles my mind. I grew up with dudes that had no formal swimming lessons and we would surf and swim in the ocean.