I was 5, it was a requirement of my dad.
You're not going to believe this, but I was 45. I wanted to compete in a triathlon and had to learn to swim before I could do it.
I usually came out of the water near the tail of the field, but I OWNED the next two legs and spent the rest of the event passing all those fast swimmers who couldn't ride a bike, or run. I loved it.
My dad taught me when I was 14, although, he signed me up for swimming lessons when I was around 6. I spent a few years there and never learnt. I wasn't ready to learn at that time. But when I was 14, I hopped in the water and swimming was natural to me (I was jumping off the high diving board within a couple of hours after swimming for the first time)
Never learned, even failed my swim test in the navy till they taught me to float. Yes you read that correctly, I'm a very weak swimmer and joined the navy.
For me it's late, when I was mature, so until now I can't swim well. I just can swim a little and I am afraid of being on a ship, that's the reason I can't swim.
Around 10 years old. Took lessons at the YMCA.
I was a Triathlon athlete since I was 14 years old but I know swimming since I was 4 years old.
When I was was 2. Then they told me not to jump into the deep end but I did anyway
I don't even know. I was always a horrible swimmer, but could still do enough to move and float. I'm still not a great swimmer. I don't think I fully understood what to do with my arms and such until my brother left my cousin and I on the sand bar, got in the boat, left, and we had to swim all the way back! That happened more than once too..
I never learned to swim, guess that's why I afraid of high water.