Hey Kid: Learn to Swim
It's not an option. You will learn to swim. Even if I have to teach you myself. Actually, now that I stop and think about it... THAT is a GREAT idea. We'll work on it together.
Learning to swim is not only a safety issue (life preserving... pun intended) it will bring you tremendous joy and pleasure. Swimming is marvelous on so many levels. Not only is it gentle exercise, it's refreshing, relaxing and rejuvenating. I will swim every opportunity.
We don't have a pool. (Boo!) If we did, I'd probably enjoy the summertime a whole lot more than I do now.