As the title suggests, I'd like a bit of information and help regarding swimming at basic training. The problem I have is I am a pretty weak swimmer. I learned to swim to a very basic level as a kid but never bothered to go to the pool since then. As soon as I passed selection I started to work on my fitness and have got to a pretty good standard. I've got my 1.5 mile run down to 9 minutes, I can do decent amount of press ups and sit ups and have worked quite hard on heaves practice so I can now manage about 12, sometimes 15 at a push. I recently decided to throw a few lengths at the pool into my regime thinking that I'd be able to master it again because I had achieved a basic competency for swimming some ten years ago. How wrong was I? I was totally useless at it to the point where I gave up after half an hour, I was completely unable to make any progress at all with it. Will this have a negative effect on my basic training or is there extra practice available for weak swimmers? Or am I likely to be the only one that can't bloody swim?