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Unhappy Swim Class. - August 31st 2013, 04:55 PM

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Okay, well I just started high school on Tuesday, and it was just fine. Everything was fine until Thursday I learned that in gym, we have a swim unit. I'm really, really uncomfortable with this. I mean, I can't just opt out either. I don't want people to see scars and question me. It's just too much. Why is there a swimming unit anyway? I don't like swimming. I really hate this. Most of the scars are on my thighs, and hips. I usually just wear skinny jeans, but I have to get into a swimming suit-hence the swimming unit- I know I can get swimming shorts but I don't think there are any long enough to cover all of the scars. I really don't like this. And I can't tell my parents because they still don't know about my whole situation. It's just too much.


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Re: Swim Class. - August 31st 2013, 05:08 PM

That sounds hard for you, have you told any teachers about it? If so, you could explain the situation. Otherwise, to cover up the scars you could use Vitamin E, buy it in a bottle and rub it where the scars are, or you could use Bio Oil. You could always talk to your pharmacist about other products that you could use to cover up scars.
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Re: Swim Class. - August 31st 2013, 05:21 PM

Try and find the longest swim shorts you can, and when you're not in the water, try and casually hold your hands over the scars (don't make it TOO obvious though :P) And when you're actually SWIMMING, nobody will notice anyway!!

You could maybe buy a long-sleeve long-legged wetsuit to wear? Though this might seem a bit strange if you're just swimming in a pool :P You could always say you're too cold?

I recently spent two weeks on holiday, in a bikini, and I have scars on my arm, stomach and legs. Through careful positioning and stuff, I managed to survive the entire fortnight without anyone noticing - and considering my body was entirely on show for practically two weeks non-stop, I'm sure you can make it through what... An hour a week for a few weeks?

Another option which I didn't have time to think about was waterproof makeup/concealer. Just from a quick Google search, I found a couple of promising sites - here and here.

They're quite expensive, but it may be something worth looking into.

Your final option, I suppose, is just to brave it, but I know that can be hard. Depending on the severity of the scarring, people may not notice anyway if they're really faint.

Either way, I hope you find a solution you're happy with

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Re: Swim Class. - August 31st 2013, 05:26 PM

Most swimming pools actually let you wear swim shorts - Usually when I swim I wear a tankini top and swim shorts I just use the excuse that I am too self concious of my body to wear anything else and that seems to work well for me.



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Re: Swim Class. - September 2nd 2013, 06:52 PM

This sucks! I never understood why schools have swimming classes anyways, especially as something mandatory. Anyway, what I do when swimming is to wear board shorts (the types guys do) and a tankini/bikini top since my scars are mostly on my thighs too, most people think it’s just a fashion trend sort of thing or that I'm self conscious.
P.S. be careful if you choose to do this because even if standing up the shorts cover all of your scars, when you sit down or spread your legs too far apart it can cause them to ride up, so just be careful.
   
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Re: Swim Class. - September 2nd 2013, 08:12 PM

Thank you all for your answers. I really appreciate them


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Re: Swim Class. - September 3rd 2013, 03:22 AM

I used to cover my scars but then I stopped and nobody seems to notice them at all even the scar on my leg that says the word fat. But I would just wear board shorts over your bottoms. But I honestly doubt people will even notice the scars. Hope this helps


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