Bodies of water elitist. Doggie paddle viable for dogs but not 50% of man.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11172054
I can't breathe and move my arms and legs at the same time
"Swimming is a country club sport that only very rich kids get to participate in. The swimming pool is a very elitist thing to have in your backyard," says Prof Irwin.
"This phenomenon is not only African American. Believe it or not, we have the same problem in the Caribbean. Although we are surrounded by sea, many children of African descent in the Caribbean just cannot swim. There is some initiative lately, especially in Antigua and Barbuda, but it is not ingrained in black culture." Ernest Merrill, Antigua and Barbuda
"I grew up in Dublin, Ireland in the 1950s and '60s and never learned to swim - no pools anywhere close by, no encouragement whatsoever. In the US for decades now, all my children swim - as does my American wife - but I am still a paddler in the shallow end. My attempts to take swimming lessons have been a disaster. I have no natural buoyancy, water flows into my ears and nose, I can't breathe and move my arms and legs at the same time, I am terrified of being in water that I can't stand up in. I can perfectly understand why someone, black or white, wouldn't or couldn't learn to swim. "You'll float - the water will keep you up - everyone floats - you won't drown" - all of these are simply not true to my experience. I really envy people who can swim, but I know that I am probably never going to be a swimmer, now that I am pushing towards the end of my sixth decade of life."
Denis Cotter, Middleburg, VA, US