Ok, good question, where do I start?
First of all, when we were kids back home, my father would take us to a well known hotel (which my cousin used to manage) and it had a great looking swimming pool. But unfortunately we didn't go enough to learn.
Then in my teenage years, we spent about 2.5 years in Greece (like BooQta) but I used to work full time, so I couldn't go to the beach much (maybe total of 7 times in 2.5 years? So still not enough to learn and master it.
Then we got to Canada and I went almost 15 years with hardly ever going into a swimming pool (what a loss!) .
In 2015, went on a vacation to Punta Cana and I can say I finally gotten better at it. Yes, in one week I managed to finally learn it after not caring much in 2 decades or more.
Basically, between 2011 and 2016, where I did too much travelling to places with beaches and swimming pools (Vegas, Caribbean, cruising in Europe, southern US, Dominican Republic etc.) I had no option but to get better at it.
And now every summer, I am registering to Wonderland which has a swimming pool, so I hope to learn even more
I love being in the water!