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When I was little I though that to go into the deep end of the pool, your legs grew to the length of the pool. Basically I thought grownups grew stilts so they could walk along the bottom of the pool. Only grownups could grow the stilts, and thats why I couldn't walk around the deep end. You'd think that I would've looked into the pool and figured it out, but I never did.

Andi
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My parents covered our above ground pool with black plastic every Winter. To keep us away from the pool they told us there was a monster in the pool and I believed it for years until I finally started wondering where did the monster go in the summer?

Suzanne
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After watching the movie Jaws as a child I developed an increasingly irrational fear of sharks. I was convinced that sharks could survive in any bodies of water, including baths (baby sharks), spa pools (teenage sharks) and swimming pools (full-grown, eat-you-slowly-limb-by-limb sharks). To this day I don't like being in pools alone (baths ok) and swimming in the ocean terrifies me. Big Thanks to the makers of Jaws!

how to develop a phobia by watching scary movies
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this happened when i was in the 5th grade in school.i happnened to be at the club with a friend and saw the notice "today is a dry day".i actually asked my friend,"why is the swimming pool closed today?".i thought they must have 'dried' out the pool due to maintenence reasons.

R-Square
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I used to believe that swimming pools could only run/be built facing east-west because the water would fall out if it ran north-south. Not sure where that came from, but I know it still comes up when we are with family friends....

LJ
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I used to fear the deep end of the pool when it was dark. Even though I would be swimming while it was light and knew there was nothing there. I would never go near it while it was dark and always kept an eye on it while in the shallow end.

The Jaws movies was partly to blame as well as when I was young I used to swim in a creek hole that was about four or five feet deep and could feel the frogs swimming by my feet. I think crab nipping at my toes also added to this fear.

Justynn Tyme
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I used to be scared of swimming pool drains cause I used to believe that a lake monster or a shark would come out of the drain and eat me. Whenever I would swim underwater and near the pool drain, I would swim away very quickly from it or try to avoid the drain altogether. For most of my childhood, I would be afraid of the deep end because of that belief. Luckily I don't believe that anymore. :-)

Monica
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When I saw signs saying "Public Footpath", "Public Swimming Pool" I thought that "Public" was the name of a private club that you had to join to use these facilities. I remember asking my parents if we were members.

Barrel O'Lard
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I took my seven year old brother swimming - and thought I was being very funny by asking him if he knew what the 'no petting' sign meant. Quite cooly he said "yes, it means no shagging" Although he couldn't understand why I then started choking!

Bad Baby Sitter
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when i was 6 or 7, my sister's and i were swimming at our great aunt's house. (she's the same age as my mom, so we went to her house quite often and i trusted everything she ever said) well, she told us one day to be aware of the "trail" that you get when you're older. the "trail" was when you were on your period and you weren't wearing a pad. so at the young age of 12, when i first got my period, i told my mom that i didn't want to go swimming one afternoon b/c i was afraid of the "trail". i had to explain to my rather confused mother what that was and who i had learned it from, and she gave both my aunt and me a really hard time about it!

I never left a trail...
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I believed that the Kreepy Crawlie used to clean our pool, would follow me around the pool and eat me.

Mother-of-2
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Our family used to watch Dr Who every Saturday and the episode about the Green Death (the one which looked like slime and would crawl over you and make you glow in the dark and then kill you) affected me for many years.

It took me years (not kidding) before I could swim over a grate on the bottom of the swimming pool without having a panic attack bc that was where the green death came from.

Ironically, I became a collegiate swimmer so I guess I got over my grate phobia at some point.

Liz
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I used to believe that if you touched the drain in a swimming pool it would suck you in and you would die. That is what I thought drowning meant.

B. Gokce
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My dad told me that if I went into the pool just after eating that I would get Polio. We knew a old man that had Polio and he lost his legs ... needless to say I still wait 30 minutes after eating to go into the water.

Brian
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i used to believe that sharks could somehow get into our swimming pool as babies through the 'pipes'. i believed that they could somehow lurk undetected in our pull until fully grown, when they would surge out of the shadows and attack me. (this was a result of seeing jaws as a very young kid).

erik
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I used to think that a pool room was this big room full of swimming pools but I never could figure out why all the people were swimming in the dark.

Anon
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I remember watching a Sex-ed video at school about periods, and it showed a girl swimming. the commentary said that you could only swim with a period if you wore a tampon...

From that day I was scared of going swimming in case my first period started..... I thought you'd have a load of blood trailing behind you if your period started in the pool and everyone would point at you.....

still don't like swimming now.....

hjhendry
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My son came home from school and announced that I must go out and buy him some verrucas from the chemist in order for him to go swimming with the school. He insisted the whole class were getting them. I explained to him about the little plastic socks people sometimes needed to wear to the pool..............

Lisa
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When I used to go to our local swimming pool I always looked at the poster by a man called Will Patrons with some good drawings of people at the pool. It was in fact asking people not to do a number of things while there. Will patrons kindly refrain from running etc!

Lisa
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When I was very young, maybe 4, my parents were discussing sending my sister and me to swimming lessons while we were driving home from Grandma's house one day. At that moment, I looked out the window and saw the tennis court at a local park. I immediately assumed the tennis court was a swimming pool. For years I wondered how they kept the water in, with only chain link fencing.

Still a poor swimmer
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