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Missing out on swim lessons as kids, these adults are diving in – Chicago Tribune

Posted by | June 21, 2017 | Uncategorized

In Chicago, a city with 26 miles along Lake Michigan, many adults are preparing for the busiest — and often deadliest — swimming season of the year by enrolling in swimming lessons. (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune)

Nereida MorenoContact Reporter Chicago Tribune Torniqua Sashington tucked her hair under a bubblegum pink swim cap Monday night and carefully slipped into the shallow end of an indoor pool for her first swimming lesson at a YMCA in Woodlawn.A lifelong Englewood resident, Sashington, 27, was raised less than five miles from Lake Michigan but never learned to swim. She nearly drowned in a neighbor’s pool at 13, cementing her fear of open water.Now, Sashington says she wants to join her three young children in the water. She was motivated to attend adult swimming lessons after reading recent news reports of people drowning in Lake Michigan.”I’m always on the side of the pool with my feet in but I’m terrified to put my head in,” Sashington said. “Hopefully by the end of classes, I’ll be jumping in the pool.”  READ MORE……

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