CVW and Swimming

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  1. SpikeGamer2018

    SpikeGamer2018 Member

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    I was recently invited to attend a CVW at USNA, from January 23-25. When I was looking at what to bring to this event I noticed that I have to bring swim gear. The problem is, as of right now, my swimming abilities are not up to par. Throughout high school I've been a track & cross country runner, so I've spent most of my time running. This made me have little to no time inside of a swimming pool. Now that I am most likely going to receive an appointment to USNA (b/c I have an LOA & a Nomination), I have signed up for swimming lessons at the nearest aquatic center. There are three levels I am going to take (beginner, intermediate, and advanced), these lessons are about a month each, and are scheduled during the weekdays (after school), so I'm putting off most of my track practices to attend these lessons. The first lesson, which is the beginner level, starts a few days before my CVW. This means that when I go for my CVW, I'll have attended two lessons of my beginner lessons, so I'll have little to no swimming experience while at my CVW. This concerns me because, if I have to swim during my CVW, I may have difficulties swimming due to lack of experience. I have spoke with some outstanding swimmers and all of them have said that in a few lessons I will be a good swimmer since I am a distance runner, but I doubt I'll improve in just one or two lessons. So my question is, what should I do regarding my CVW.

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  2. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator

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    Bring a bathing suit and make a decision there if you need to. Not all USNA attendees are outstanding swimmers when they arrive and probably some aren't outstanding swimmers when they leave either, although they'll meet the basic requirement.
     
  3. pleber16

    pleber16 USNA 2016

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    I honestly don't know why that's on the list. I don't know why you would be swimming during CVW. Don't stress over having to swim, even if the plebe you're dragging with has to do something swimming related, you won't be forced to.
     
  4. ca2midwestmom

    ca2midwestmom Member

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    Don't worry -- most likely you will not swim. My DS is a swimmer, did his CVW last April and never even saw the pool. The plebe he roomed with was a swimmer, as were the other two roommates. DS played squash with his host/roommates; went to PT, classes and a parade/formation. Toured the engineering/science departments, etc. You won't be tested if that's what you're worried about. DS is not a recruited athlete.
     
  5. SpikeGamer2018

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    Thanks to everyone who posted on this thread, I am now not worried about the CVW. In about six months from now I will have taken all of the swimming lessons, up to the advanced level, so I should be a decent swimmer by the time I arrive for plebe summer.
     
  6. mdn18

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    Not necessarily true...

    But really don't worry about swimming at the CVW. I had one in October and the only PT I did was running and push-ups in the morning.
     
  7. Eagle1820

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    Scuba during CVW

    Last year during the January CVW my DS attended scuba training with his plebe on Saturday morning. He had a blast and was glad he brought his suit.
     
  8. usnadad10

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    My DS on his CVW had swim as his morning PT. Ironically he's on the HS swim team so it was a walk in the park He mentioned that some of the kids were good and some were poor at swimming. At a minimum get in the water and make the effort. But be up front with your plebe about you ability. Its not a dealbreaker
     
  9. trini1066

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    Dont Worry

    I wouldn't worry about it too much. My DS was a runner like you. He went in the Academy not a great swimmer. He said there were alot of them and when they did the running he excelled. I think its a good idea to take swim lessons. If your a runner you will be able to swim , trust me.
     

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