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Drug tests and background checks

I just got a great job at a federal facility as a non-federal employee. Because I'm going to be working in a federal building, I need a background check, physical, and (presumably) drug test. I've smoked pot in the last month, although not many times in the past several months – I shouldn't trigger a concentration-based drug test, but I could trace positive for trace amounts. I feel totally comfortable about the drug test, unless they disqualify me for /any/ amount of THC, I should be fine. The problem comes with the background check, which asks me if I've done any illegal drugs in the past year. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 6, 2014 - 28 answers

 

How do I practice swimming freestyle if I'm alone?

I'm an adult learning to swim for the first time. I had a fear of water at first but now I'm able to put my face in the water and swim. In between my swimming lessons, I like to come to the pool and practice the freestyle stroke but I haven't been able to do it because I'm alone and I'm afraid that I'd start flailing and lose my control. What would be the best way to practice my arm strokes and using what equipment? I've tried using the kickboard but every time I let go of one arm, the kickboard goes into the water diagonally so I'm scared to let go of the kickboard. There's a lifeguard at the pool I go to but I still haven't gotten over the nerves. I really appreciate all of the advice!
posted by missybitsy on Oct 7, 2013 - 13 answers

Where can I swim laps in Seoul?

Can you recommend a clean, reasonably priced pool for lap swimming in Seoul? [more inside]
posted by KevCed on Oct 6, 2013 - 6 answers

Advice Needed! Should I quit on this swim instructor?

I'm an adult learning to swim for the first time at the YMCA. I've only had 1 lesson so far and the instructor seemed encouraging. However, he did not address my fear of water and did not take the time to help me become comfortable with the water (submerging my face in the water, etc.). On the first day, he showed me how to kick while sitting on the pool edge, how to float on my back, how to kick using kickboard, and then he moved on to telling me to put my hands up in a torpedo position, face in the water, then glide forward while kicking. He was on the other side to catch me. I sunk every single attempt and he kept telling me to try again. I was so terrified that I don't want to come back to next class. Since then, I've been coming to the pool and practicing on my own. I feel like I'm more comfortable than the first day but I'm still afraid to come back for the next lesson this Saturday. This is the first instructor I've ever had so I'm not sure how to judge how he's doing. Do you think I should quit and get another one? The staff members at the Y that I've talked to told me that he's a good instructor but can be a very demanding. Please give me your advice! Thank you!
posted by missybitsy on Aug 8, 2013 - 50 answers

How do I teach my children to swim? Help me be a better swimming teacher

I have two little boys ages 5 and 3. The five-year old won't put his face in the water, so it is hard to teach him to swim correctly. The younger one is just starting to go in the water, so I would like to do what I can to make him comfortable. What advice can you give me to help teach my children to swim? How can I help my older one get over his dislike of water in the face? [more inside]
posted by carpographer on Jul 16, 2013 - 27 answers

Reliable Transportation

What are the arguments for and against method of transportation as a protected class? [more inside]
posted by aniola on Feb 24, 2013 - 24 answers

Now that WeEndure is shutting down...

Now that WeEndure is going away, I need somewhere to track my exercise. There are a number of places that have biking and running, but not swimming. I'd prefer simpler to the more complex sites like MapMyRun (which, again, doesn't do swimming, from what I can see). I have seen this and wondered what things are out there, four years later. Bonus: a place that I can dump all my WeEndure data into so I hit the ground running. [more inside]
posted by notsnot on Jan 29, 2013 - 9 answers

How to swim? Rather, how to exist comfortably in water?

Help me learn how to swim. No, scratch that; help me learn how to learn how to swim. [more inside]
posted by CustooFintel on Oct 6, 2012 - 26 answers

Will a swim shirt help keep me warm in the pool?

Is there a swim shirt that will help keep me warm in the pool? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Sep 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Butch swimming

Please assist me in locating the perfect butch swimwear: [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jul 24, 2012 - 15 answers

Triathlon Playlist

Hello, Mefites! Can you help with a triathlon playlist? [more inside]
posted by coevals on Jul 10, 2012 - 23 answers

What do I need to know to be a proper support kayak to a long distance swimmer?

What do I need to know to be a proper support boat to a long distance swimmer? [more inside]
posted by garlic on Jul 6, 2012 - 5 answers

Surely, orange swimmies are not the answer.

Triathletes and swimmers: How did you stop having panic attacks in open water? [more inside]
posted by floweredfish on Jul 5, 2012 - 8 answers

How to cycle better with less effort?

As I get older and, perhaps, wiser, I'm looking for smarter ways to train for triathlons. I've had wonderful success with Chi Running and Terry Laughlin's Total Immersion swim program. Are there any similar programs for cycling? Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Jun 12, 2012 - 4 answers

Best resources for swim training?

Best resources for swim training? Looking for books, videos, etc, that provide drills and training programs for solo workouts. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Nov 23, 2011 - 6 answers

Resources for adult lap swimmers?

Are there helpful online resources for adults who want to learn swimming strokes? We can both swim, but we'd like to develop proper form. [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly on Sep 21, 2011 - 4 answers

My shower is not a hyperbaric chamber. What gives?

What are the rules for finding a "waterproof" watch that really is - one that can be reliably taken into a shower or pool, long term, without leaking? [more inside]
posted by rongorongo on Aug 5, 2011 - 18 answers

Calling All Swimmers

Injured runner who needs/wants to swim for exercise, but also wants to lose weight - looking for anecdotes about what effect swimming had on your appetite/weight loss. [more inside]
posted by LizzyBee on Jul 12, 2011 - 18 answers

Buying swimsuits in a country where they're useless for 10 months.

Canadian-stores-suck filter: Looking for a cute and yet athletic tankini-style swimsuit. Problem? I'm super picky and I need to try it on. [more inside]
posted by AmandaA on Jul 12, 2011 - 14 answers

Please help me find swimming goggles that won't leave marks under my eyes.

Please help me find swimming goggles that won't turn me into a raccoon! [more inside]
posted by funkiwan on Dec 13, 2010 - 12 answers

First, don't breathe the water.

Help me become a better swim instructor for a fellow adult that can not swim? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Aug 2, 2010 - 14 answers

Bond, James Bond in the pool

Where can I find swim trunks for men like this? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Jun 5, 2010 - 10 answers

How can we make the best out of a bad swim class situation for our toddler?

Todder Swim - how can we make the best of this class situation? Way more inside. [more inside]
posted by k8t on Apr 21, 2010 - 28 answers

Questions about swimming

Talk to me about swimming for exercise. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Apr 5, 2010 - 40 answers

How to stop being a rock?

Should I keep trying to learn to swim? [more inside]
posted by dave99 on Feb 12, 2010 - 27 answers

First time tri-athlete - any hints and tips?

I've just entered a fairly short triathlon - 400m swim (in Sydney Harbour, so not open ocean but not a pool), 8km cycle, 4km run. The route for the cycle and the run is fairly easy and my level of fitness is such that I could definitely do both of those individually with no problem at all. This weekend I'll be doing an 8km cycle followed immediately by a 4km run just to make sure, but I don't foresee any problems. [more inside]
posted by infinitejones on Jan 20, 2010 - 8 answers

really bad swimmers sinusitis

Please help me beat my swimmers sinusitis - I need too breathe! [more inside]
posted by complience on Dec 15, 2009 - 11 answers

Form of Wallowing Garbage Scow!

Yet another swimming exercise and etiquette question. [more inside]
posted by winna on Dec 2, 2009 - 31 answers

What did you wish you knew going into your first triathlon?

What did you wish you knew going into your first triathlon? [more inside]
posted by neilkod on Jul 17, 2009 - 25 answers

A delicious way to die

Would you drown in a pool filled with honey? [more inside]
posted by typography on Jul 13, 2009 - 24 answers

FUNNY HEALTH TITLE

I'd like to lose the bit of fat that has been with me for as long as I can remember. What should I include in my diet/workout regimen? [more inside]
posted by Team of Scientists on Jul 6, 2009 - 18 answers

Water Aerobics Instructional Videos?

I recently moved to Phoenix and am lucky enough to have a swimming pool in my backyard. It's perfect for water aerobics but not so much for swimming, as one end of the pool is much shallower than the other. I'm looking for good instructional water aerobics videos. Any suggestions? I haven't found much on the web so I'm ok with buying something if it's highly recommended.
posted by alist on Jul 2, 2009 - 7 answers

SHOULD I USE A FURMINATOR ON A DOG [LAB] THAT SWIMS IN COLD WATER?

Doesn't the underfur removed by a Furminator serve as insulation, waterproofing, and buoyancy for a dog, especially a water dog like a Lab? She never wants to get out of the water and I'm afraid she'll get too cold.
posted by edaphon on Jun 21, 2009 - 5 answers

Where can I swim in Denver?

Where can I swim in Denver? [more inside]
posted by foooooogasm on Jun 17, 2009 - 6 answers

Already too far from Lake Itasca?

There are a couple of gorgeous beaches on the west side of the Mississippi river near Lake Street in south Minneapolis. Is it safe to swim or wade at them? [more inside]
posted by vytae on Jun 11, 2009 - 7 answers

recreational amphibianism: where to go?

I want to go on a grand adventure, a multi day hike/swim - eg Hike half a day, swim across lake, hike a bit more, swim out to an island, hike and repeat..etc. warm water, health environment, lots of short length water crossing (say 200m) and some longer (1 km) are good. sharks, crocodiles, parasites and icebergs are not. Where in the world is it possible to do this? [more inside]
posted by compound eye on Jun 10, 2009 - 17 answers

Looking to learn some different strokes

Google-fail filter: List of swim strokes with animated gifs [more inside]
posted by dino terror on May 8, 2009 - 6 answers

Where can I find a swimsuit like this one?

Awesome VS swimsuit not available in my size. Looking for similar alternatives. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 11, 2009 - 4 answers

Serenade the swimmer

Can anyone recommend an FM radio suitable for swimming? [more inside]
posted by Could it be, El Guapo ... on Nov 23, 2008 - 2 answers

"it's getting very hot, we'd like to get out now..."

Short public access film: man asks eggs if they want to go for a swim, but they're too cold in the pan of water, so he turns the heat up, and they start to scream. What was this? [more inside]
posted by scruss on Sep 22, 2008 - 1 answer

Swimsuit for not-so-clean pond

Please recommend a full-body swimsuit for a not-so-clean pond. It's the closest body of water to my house by far, and I really want to swim there, but the cleanliness of the water has got me worried. [more inside]
posted by portabella on Aug 27, 2008 - 8 answers

Shoes sound great, but where and how?

Triathlon newbie here. Please help me interpret the race instructions about coming out of the swim into the first transition. [more inside]
posted by bassjump on Aug 1, 2007 - 15 answers

Swimsuits for the active large-breasted ladies?

Swimsuit suggestions for active, large-breasted women? Please help me survive a SoCal summer! [more inside]
posted by ilyanassa on Jun 18, 2007 - 20 answers

Aqua eyes are go!

Prescription swim goggle recommendations? [more inside]
posted by look busy on Apr 30, 2007 - 10 answers

How much fat does a sinker have?

Given that I sink in a pool with my lungs full, how much is my percent body fat/bmi? [more inside]
posted by shokod on Jan 22, 2007 - 13 answers

Would you drown in jello?

Could one swim/dig out from the bottom of a 15-20ft deep pool of jello (assuming you could hold your breath for a minute or two...or ten)? [more inside]
posted by whatgorilla on Sep 12, 2006 - 18 answers

Help me explore the briny deep.

I cannot swim. [more inside]
posted by spaltavian on Aug 17, 2006 - 35 answers

Tulum, Mexico Travel Advice Needed

Where can we camp near Tulum, Mexico? Suggestions of places to eat, swim, snorkel, hike, and meet other travelers also welcome. [more inside]
posted by bonheur on Mar 14, 2006 - 7 answers

Plus-Sized Swimsuits

I'm asking this on my wife's behalf. As a plus-size woman, she's having trouble finding a proper swimsuit - one geared towards swimming as opposed to sunbathing. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by O9scar on Feb 3, 2005 - 10 answers

What is the best mid-level hotel to stay at in St. Louis?

What is the best mid-level hotel to stay at in St. Louis? Uniqueness and/or swimming pool preferred if possible.
posted by agregoli on Oct 21, 2004 - 2 answers

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