Elizabeth Carter is a 74-year-old great grandmother who lives in Valdosta, Georgia. She has had a fear of swimming ever since she was a child. Elizabeth has several health issues that prevent her from working out. That is why she decided to overcome her fear of swimming.
She started taking swimming lessons this past summer. Her teacher is Coach Bobby Tucker. He has taught swimming for over 30 years. He has also taught at Valdosta State University. Elizabeth is Bobby’s oldest student.
Elizabeth enjoys being active. She is retired from the Georgia Department of Corrections. She also worked for the Social Security Administration. She now cares for her 93-year-old mother. She has three children. She has two daughters who are still living and a son who passed away last year. She has several grandchildren and great-grand children. Elizabeth’s family supports her decision to learn how to swim.
Swimming was a challenge because Elizabeth was afraid of water. Bobby’s skills and patience helped Elizabeth overcome her fear of the water. She was eventually able to move into eight feet of water. Bobby told Elizabeth that it is just as easy to drown in one foot of water as it is to drown in eight feet of water.
Bobby gets a lot of joy out of seeing people overcome their fear of water. He also stated that it is harder to teach adults how to swim. However, he stated that you are never too old to learn something.