Tim Ferriss, author of The Four Hour Workweek, recently learned to swim properly using the Total Immersion methods. Watch this video and see how easy swimming can be from someone who previously hated swimming and was even fearful of the water! He does a pretty good job of explaining the problem most beginners have with freestyle (swimming on their stomachs), how to add in rotation, and how to breathe. The only flaw I saw in his demonstration was that he was moving his head while stroking through the air! Otherwise, pretty solid presentation from a non-swimmer and certainly a non-instructor.
The rest of the video on Tango dancing, and learning languages, as well as the overall message of how easy it really is to learn new things is also inspiring going into the new year!