Against all odds – Learning to Swim better in Lagos, Nigeria

I have been learning to swim discontinuously since I was in Secondary School and have always wanted to perfect my swimming but time has always been a hindrance. At the beginning of the year, I set my mind on being better and Yes! I have gotten a lot better than I was.

Swim in Lagos, Nigeria

Swimming is an essential life skill that everyone should learn, however, being black, learning to swim comes with struggles. Apart from time, top on the list of hindrances to my being a pro swimmer is having black parents.While I was younger, swimming was barely an option.

Swimming Pools in Lagos

Even now, my Ma would see swimming photos of me and tell me stories of how people drown 🙁 , go on and on about my inappropriate swimming clothes and constantly remind me to cover up. Sometimes I wonder if I’m to swim with clothes on 😕. My dad would also more calmly tell me to listen to my Mother and be a child of God 😯 .

Swim in Lagos

Unlike before, I’m grown and pretty much able to make my own choices, so, it’s a bit better. Being a traveler and an out door person, having not so great swimming skills just cuts back on the fun. Take for instance, I go on boat cruise and my friends are springing out to swim with dolphins in and all I do is watch.

Swimming in Lagos

Trust me, Its heart wreaking, having improved, I really cannot wait to knock diving or splashing into the ocean off my bucket list. If you’ re as adventurous as I am, scroll down to find out where I swim in Lagos. I’d love to catch up with you. Hexk you could teach me one or two things.

Where to swim in Lagos

I got a swim class deal on Dealdey. They have a lot from time to time in various locations across Lagos. I currently take classes at Divine Fountain Hotel, located on Babajide Oki Street off Ligali Ayorinde street, Victoria Island. I got a 6,000Naira deal which gives me 10 swim classes access with a private instructor. Other places include:

  1.  Fun Factory – Block A10, Plot 4, Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase1, Lagos – Kids Only
  2. CVilla Resort – Rd 45, Lekki Scheme 2, Off Muiz Banire Way, By Abraham Adesanya, Lekki, Lagos – Kids Only
  3. Axor Suite – Plot 16/17 Sule Olusesi Road, beside Conservation Center, opposite Chevron Quarters, 2nd Toll Gate, off Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos.
  4. Citi Lodge Hotel – 1A Goshen Estate Rd, by Elf Bus Stop, beside PetroCam, Lekki Phase I, Lagos
  5. Crawford Swimming Pool – 3 Andoyi St, Onike, Lagos.

Where to Swim in Lagos, Nigeria

I have learnt to black float and I really enjoy it and never skip on a chance to show off 😀 . I prefer this because I really haven’t mastered the art of holding my breath for so long under water and this helps me breathe and swim. I’m also very comfortable with the dog paddle style of swimming for the same reason.

Would you like to join me. Let me know in the comment section.

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  • Reply Daniel okonjo March 18, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    Nice work, keep it up.

    • AE
      Reply AE March 18, 2018 at 10:00 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Daniel. Will definitely do.

  • Reply Adam March 18, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Yes I will like to join you on a swimming adventure

    • AE
      Reply AE March 18, 2018 at 9:50 pm

      You! When you make out time, feel free to holla 😀

  • Reply BUKIE Dow March 18, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    I want to join you ????

    • AE
      Reply AE March 18, 2018 at 9:49 pm

      Definitely dear, Now that I know, you stay around, I would definitely buzz you to join me.

  • Reply Ridwan March 18, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    Yeah!!… i would love to learn

    • AE
      Reply AE March 18, 2018 at 10:02 pm

      Hi Ridwan, kindly slide into my DM on IG – @findingae, lets get started.

  • Reply Tamie March 18, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    People always assume I can swim cos I’m from a riverine area. But I can’t. I love it but I’m scared of it. Another thing holding me back is I never find fitting swim wear that I’m comfortable with.
    Someday hopefully I would conquer this.

    • AE
      Reply AE March 18, 2018 at 10:19 pm

      Lol…You should learn to, there is nothing as exciting as conquering your fears. We definitely need a swim brand that covers up. My mother for one will appreciate it and get we some pieces.

  • Reply Kennyking DT March 22, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    I have never been a lover of swimming but Last weekend I went on a tour to Osun. At the hotel we lodged, my friends were swimming. I decided to enter the water at least to know the feeling of drowning, it wasn’t extremely crazy ?
    But I decided to take advantage and learnt a few tricks at least moving in the water ? I did enjoy it. I won’t mind to do it with you too, you could show me a few tricks.

    • AE
      Reply AE March 22, 2018 at 9:22 pm

      I’m happy you tried it out and learnt something new. That’s the goal, learn something new each time you go to the pool, before you know it, you’d be as good as I am. Feel free to holla! Let’s do this.

  • Reply Nasyodu March 22, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    Lovely also have the water phobia thanks to Mum but I can swim to save myself sha. But I still don’t joke with deep end of pools oh. I prefer the shallow end anyday anytime.

  • AE
    Reply AE March 23, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Lmao! Hey Nasyodu! Naija parents can be overly cautious. If you can swim to save your life, you should go a bit further and try the deep end, of course under supervision. That’s the only way to get better.

  • Reply Aderayo March 24, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    Well,I’d like to compete with the best swimmer lol.

    • AE
      Reply AE March 24, 2018 at 9:41 pm

      Lol…Challenge Accepted. Just name the venue, date and time and I shall be there?

  • Reply John Chuks February 2, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Hello. I would like to link up with the said trainer or anyone that can give affordable swim lessons.

    • AE
      Reply AE February 3, 2019 at 10:58 am

      Hi Chucks, Sure! I will send you an email shortly.

  • Reply Esther April 22, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Hi, i’ll also appreciate ifyou can link me up with a trainer especially for kids. My sisters are bugging me

    • AE
      Reply AE April 23, 2019 at 7:48 am

      Hi Esther, I will send you an email shortly.

  • Reply Swimpro September 17, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    Hey Anuoluwapo, great stuff you are doing. Most people struggle to learn how to swim. We have a process that helps anyone learn and become a confident swimmer. @esther you should check us out.

    • AE
      Reply AE September 23, 2019 at 7:14 pm

      Thanks Guys!

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