:wideyed: Mandatory Beginning Swimming, Freshman year college. I earned an F but no woman ever flunked Beginning Swimming in the school's history so the Athletic Department gave me a D providing I took it again the next semester. I did and I got an honest D. How did I ahieve this amazing feat of athletic prowess? First instructor, the F instructor, required students to swim a frontstroke down the pool and back and a backstroke the circumference of the pool. I was unable to do a front stroke. The second instructor, the D instructor, didn't care what kind of strokes you did as long as you swam down the pull and back and swam the circumference of the pool. I did the elementary backstroke, period. It didn't help that the F instructor took the 3 of us women who were non-swimmers down to the deep end of the pool after 6 lessons and shoved us into the water. I remember having a hard time getting to the surface. The instructor threw in a flutter board and yelled "Push yourself up from the bottom of the pool!" It was years later that a doctor told me I am what you call a "sinker". I don't dog paddle or float easily unless my head is in the water and I'm on my back. Even then I am at an oblique angle in the pool. Small lung capacity but does not affect my life. Jogging helped expand the lungs but I would never become a marathon runner (Being an exceptional swimmer or jogger were never goals of mine.)
Doesn't matter when - middle school, grad school, somewhere in between.
Just wondering what the most difficult class you ever had in school was.