Mahir Aliyev, Azerbaijan – Level 3


There is a river in my country. It is the largest river in my country, the width of river is more than 100 m but in some parts it is almost 150 m. My village is located by the river.

When I was 7 years old, I could swim a little. In those days, we were interested in crossing the river to go to the opposite side. It was dangerous because the water’s depth was around 4-5 meters. If water accidentally gets through your windpipe it means you are in trouble.

One day in summer I was swimming in the river when my friends suggested crossing to the other side. Accepting was, of course, very dangerous but I thought it is time to check my swimming skill. So, we began to swim towards other side.

When I was in the middle of the river, I thought it was end of my life because I ingested too much water. I saw my friends passing me, so I began to swim as hard as I could. After a few minutes, I got to the other side. At the end of the day, coming back to our side of the river was not difficult because I already had experience.


author: Mahir Aliyev