I am at a loss as to why I still can't swim.
During a college swim class taught by the school's men's varsity swim coach (at a Division I program in the United States), we learned all the building blocks of swimming. We did lots of breathing practice, learning how to take a stroke, then put it all together to do half-laps and full-laps.
I practiced a great deal, and perfected my breathing technique and was able to swim laps.
But after the semester, he told us that we can't take advanced swim class, because that's all done at the deep-end of the pool, and that there's no intermediate training to help us get to that level of swim. I never got better at this college swim course, even after plenty of personal training swim sessions at my local gym.
My problem is: Once I attempt to swim in the deep end, I somehow can't tread water, and so I always sink, and panic and need to be rescued, either by friends or trainers.
Has anyone ever experienced this phenomenon?
Is it a quick fix? Do I just need to add on the skill-set of treading water?
I feel that I've tried everything already - I've practiced treading water in my friends' pools many times. I always sink. Everyone's confused about why I can't do it.