How to Go to a Pool Party When You Don't Know How to Swim

Three Parts:Learning basic swimmingGoing regardless of your swimming skillsTesting your basic swimming skills

Summer time means pool parties. But if you don't know how to swim, that can bring dread to your heart, and a feeling that you're going to have to make excuses to not come. However, don't miss out on all of the fun––easy solutions are here to help you get to that party after all.

Part 1
Learning basic swimming

  1. 1
    Take swim classes. There are plenty of good swim classes at a good price.
  2. 2
    Ask a friend or family that knows how to swim for help. Make sure that you trust them and don't be shy.

Part 2
Going regardless of your swimming skills

  1. 1
    Overcome the fear of going to the swim party. While not being able to swim at a pool party sounds scary, you are a strong individual who can enjoy a party without the water part. Have faith in yourself. Moreover, be aware that other people, even those who can swim, may choose to not swim but still go to the party. It's not essential to get into the water.
  2. 2
    Simply sit on the side of the pool. Who says you have to go in? Always stay at the shallow end, with your feet dangling into the water. You might even sit on a step. This can be sufficient to convince others you're participating.
    • Ask a friend who can swim to sit with you. He or she can rescue you if someone drags you in and takes you into deeper water.
    • Be honest. Tell people you can't swim but that you're happy to sit poolside or simply wade.

Part 3
Testing your basic swimming skills

  1. 1
    Show up an hour early to the party. This can give you the opportunity to practice swimming different ways if you've started learning. If you haven't learned yet, do not do this unless someone is there to supervise at all times.
  2. 2
    Dip your toe in the water. For people who swim regularly, this is a custom. What does it accomplish? Theoretically you'll know how cold the water is, in reality it is a symbolic gesture.
  3. 3
    Descend into the pool using the steps. The best way to do this is to go slowly. With each step, there may be a rush of fear as you submerge yourself in your nemesis, the water.
  4. 4
    Immediately head to the side of the pool and clutch the wall. Do not let go unless you're sure you're safe and confident. If you want to move around the pool, scale the side wall horizontally.
    • Think of it like climbing a mountain sideways.
    • If you're afraid of heights, think of something else.
  5. 5
    Success! You can now enjoy the party from inside the pool instead of at the snack bar.
    • Hang around the pool wall and socialize.
    • You don't even have to swim, just hang out with friends and socialize.


  • If, for whatever reason, you find yourself away from the wall, start kicking your legs and flapping your arms vigorously. This is the doggy paddle.


  • Do not engage in any pool games like: Marco Polo, chicken, etc.
  • Do not jump into the middle of the pool.
  • Honesty is best; tell people you can't swim. It's better that they know than that they are party to drowning you unawares.

  • Ensure that a friend who can swim supervises your pool access at all times.

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Categories: Parties for Children