I hear often that black people can't swim, don't want to swim, and often scared of water so they never learn how. Black women dont' want to swim because it might mess up their hurr... So can you swim? Please answer the poll and comment as you wish. I love swimming and it is my favorite form of exercise and sport. I will swim whenever and wherever, even if I feel too tired to do any other exercise. I am an intermediate swimmer, self taught. I can float, do regular breastroke, swim backward, tread water, and dive in the deep end and come back up. I can not dive in shallow water, and I when I lost something in the pool and it hit the bottom, I wasn't able to go get it because I can't swim underwater. I thinking/hoping I can become a lifeguard, but from the lifeguards I have talked too I pretty sure I can't pass the test yet. But I never checked into that directly.