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I used to think that before rescuing a drowning person a lifeguard (or anyone really) had to put their PJs on. This was because when I had swimming lessons I had to 'rescue' a brick from the bottom of the pool while wearing my PJs. When I was 13 I finally discovered this wasn't true.

squizy rach
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I used to be afraid of the drains in pools and bathtubs, because I thought they would suck me down them. Whenever I took baths, I'd stay as far away from the drain as possible. I just avoided swimming altogether. It got worse when my parents told me to "stay away from the deep end," because I looked down and saw that huge drain there! I thought people were crazy for swimming at all, and I always tried to keep my parents out of the pool.

Everyone just thought that I was afraid of drowning, they kept trying to teach me to swim. I was terrified! My parents finally found out and told me that it was impossible to fit down the drain, but I wasn't convinced and refused to go into the pool, or even walk near the deep-end for fear that I'd fall in and be sucked up.

To this day I am wary of drains, and I never have learned how to swim.

sucked down the drain
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when i was really young(like 6 or 7), my grandparents had a swimming pool. my sister and i loved to swim in it, an my geandma or grandpa was alwys outside by the pool with us. anyway, i used to believe that when i went underwater, giant bees would come and attac the people that werent in the pool . i also believed that there were faries that followed me everywhere i went

scared of random things
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I used to be afraid to swim in the deep end of our pool if no one else was in the pool. For some reason, I believed piranhas would come out of the filter and eat me.

Anon
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I use to feel sorry for my bathing suit because I thought it couldn't breath while it was under water so I would get out of the pool every few minutes so it could get a breath.

Greg
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i used to have a metal sided above ground pool, i also had a window mounted air conditioner. a couple of frogs lived under my air conditioner and sometimes i would take them out and put them in the pool to swim with me. when they were under water i could see slime coming off them and i thought it was sperm. i was terrified i'd have frog babies all summer.

alicia
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What about Water Fairies? When I was 4, my big sister showed me he water fairies underwater at the bottom of the pool. Now, when you're four... those tiny blurry tingies at the bottom of the pool look kind of magical when you're floating around down there, and they float and shimmer around. We would always try and catch one, make a wish, then set her free again to get our wish. *Still today, as a grown woman, I always stop to try and find tiny fairies under the water, wherever I swim, remembering that memory, and passing it on to other kids.

Cinderz
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When I was 5, my family and I were on vacation somewhere and we were swimming in the hotel's pool. I refused to go in the deep end of it because of the stingray that was laying in the bottom. I was sure it was going to eat me. In reality...*sigh*....it was the cover of the filter

Aly
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I used to be really afraid of swimming pool drains, and no matter how small they were I thought they were capable of sucking me in. I would never go into the deep end of the pool where the drains were, so I still can't swim very well.

Anon
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when i was young i used to believe that there was sharks in my swimming pool. and the worst thing about it was, my father would make me do about 60 laps a day! I hated him for that!!

brie
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When I was about 2 or 3 hurricane Camille (I think) came close to the Tampa Bay area. My grandfather kept telling me to stay in the house, away from the porch, because there was a hurricane outside.

They were in the middle of building a pool in the back yard so I thought the pool had something to do with it. I kept thinking a giant KING (thinking he meant Harry King, not to be confused with Larry King) was coming out of the ground to because we had disturbed his place.

God I miss those innocent days.

Deron Braun
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When I was little i used to believe if you go in the middle of the pool you'd get sucked in by a vortex and be put into another dimension.

Helen
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when i was litttle, i was in a after school program at the YMCA, and we went swimming everyday for about 30 minutes. They told us that if we peed in the pool, a red colour, like blood would surround us. And they would have to evacuate the pool.

Dana
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I believed that swimming with the light on in the pool was fine at night, but if the light was turned off in the pool that the drains in the pool would open and sharks would swim in and get me. I could only scare myself for 1-2min of swimming w/ light out in pool before I would get out & turn it back on. How I thought the sharks swam through 8in holes I do not know

Liz
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I used to think that an "in ground pool" was a pool that you had to go down into the ground to get to, like in a cave.

Mego
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After seeing "Jaws", I did not like the deep end of the pool; I thought , he could come out of the drain.

serendipity007
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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 always believed that the ladder on top of large RVs etc,led to a mini pool because the ladders look alot alike. To this day I still look twice.

kami
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Growing up we had an inground pool in the back yard. It was wonderful during the hot missouri summers to just lay on a raft and float around for an hour or so. When I was young I was terrified of getting in the pool. I would float but I hated to get off the raft because I was scarred something would come up from the bottom of the pool(which is where a pipe sucked water and pumped it through to keep it circulating. It was terrifying. I would see dirt stirring around on the bottom and thought that something like a monster would form out of the dirt. It was really silly...but I still don't like to go in the deep end by myself-I'm 22. :-)

Kim
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i used to think that marlins (the kind of fish) lived in pools! i didn't want to go into a pool once because i thought a marlin would come and spear me with his long spear nose! ouch! lol

-alex
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