If you have the opportunity to regularly spend time in a pool to build confidence, comfort and basic stroke skills, do it. Your time as a plebe is precious, and if you end up in remedial swim, that's time away from other things. You do NOT have to be Michael Phelps, and there will be help available. Mids arrive with different levels of swim ability. Not all have had access to pools and lessons.Hello. I was just curious about the importance of being a proficient swimmer at the academy. I ask because I am not a strong swimmer and I want to prepare the best way I can for Plebe Summer (assuming that I get appointed to the academy).