"I'm scared! I don't know if I can do this." This is one of many thoughts that may circulate through people's minds when they learn how to swim.
Those negative thoughts eventually disappear as the body gets acclimated to the water.
While most people learn how to swim in their youth, some begin when they're adults. In most cases, the older you are, the less likely swimming will be a main priority. But, this doesn't mean you shouldn't go for it. Swimming is not only exciting, but an essential skill that is beneficial at any age.
Black Kids Swim believes it's important for everyone to get involved in swim, whether professionally or for personal use.
This is the case for Naji Ali. The open water swimmer immersed himself in water-related activities as a child but didn't learn how to swim until the age of 43. No matter the obstacles, learning how to swim was never an afterthought, but a solution.
"I was determined that I wanted to swim," Ali said in an interview with Black Kids Swim. "I didn't care what it would take. I was going to do it."
Ali continues to be a proponent of more Black participation in swimming, believing representation goes a long way in making the competitive swimming world more inclusive. To read more about his story, click here!
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