Hardly ever -or never, really, had swum in a pool before and had been quite embarrassed to go to the swimming pool; for one thing, the spectacle of flavio in a swim suit is something the world can do without. And flavio floundering about in the, ahem, style I learnt when at age 7 my father thew me in the water -ok, in the Caribbean, and salt water holds you better and it was quite safe really even if it didn't feel like that at the time- saying 'ok, now you float or you die'. Well, he probably didn't say that but that's what I clearly remember.
I enjoyed it enormously, as well as discovering, after a year going to that gym, exactly how unfit I still am. Won't tell the embarrassing tale of how many lengths did or didn't, but it was enormous fun. And, they don't play the horrid trash music at full blast they play in the gym upstairs. Will do that more often, I think.