Summer is nearly here, and that means pool parties, beach outings and bikinis galore.  It means shades and waves and sightings of celebs in the surf—well, maybe.  In honor of this wondrous season of swimming, we’ve shed light on Hollywood’s highly pool-phobic population.  But who in this world doesn’t like a good swim? How about a Baywatch actress, a rap sensation or a fiery country music star?  Read on for our list of celebrities who can’t swim, don’t swim and won’t swim.

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Carmen Electra

Yes, she played a lifeguard on Baywatch, but this bombshell was only pretending to enjoy her seaside responsibilities.  In all reality, Carmen Electra is terrified of water.  She is wary of pools, lakes and oceans alike because she can’t swim.  She once confessed that even being near a body of water can provoke a panic attack.  How she ended up portraying a Baywatch babe rather than the show’s typical drowning victim is about as mysterious as how slow-motion lifeguards actually save lives.

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Eva Mendes

She was born in Miami, has starred in a host of popular films, loves her swimming pool and can’t swim.  What?  Yes, Eva owns a home with a beautiful swimming pool but won’t venture farther than its shallow end.  She claims she is petrified by water because she doesn’t know how to keep herself afloat.  She says about her phobia, “I can’t swim.  I don’t know how to.  I’m pathetic.  I should know how to swim.”

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Snoop Dogg

He has already recorded well over 200 tracks, but none say more about this Dogg’s swimming ability than his 2000 hit “I Can’t Swim.”   With lyrics like “I hate water, I never learned to swim, aah! I hate water, I can’t swim, aah!” we’ve concluded, fo’shizzle, that Snoop cannot in fact swizim.

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Sandra Bullock

Who hates mirrors, loves poetry and can’t swim?  Sandra Bullock!  The actress has plenty of charming quirks, but we’re disappointed to learn that Miss Bullock is terrified of water.  Maybe it has to do with the fact that she once fell into a lake and cut her head on a rock.  Or, maybe she worries all lifeguards run in slowmo and fear the ocean (cough, cough, Carmen Electra).

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Christina Ricci

Christina Ricci suffers from an especially specific type of swimming phobia—selachophobia, or fear of sharks.  Obviously, the ocean terrifies her, but swimming pools should be no problem, right?  Wrong.  Christina is actually more horrified by swimming pools.  She fears that sharks will enter a swimming pool through the walls.  In an interview with The Insider, she stated, “I won’t swim in a pool by myself, because I think that somehow a little magic door is going to open up and let a shark out.”  Aren’t we all?

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Miranda Lambert

This recently-wed country star is forgoing a tropical honeymoon to spend some time at home with hubby, Blake Shelton.  It’s not too surprising, either, since Miranda is not a fan of swimming in the ocean.  She claims to enjoy looking at ocean settings but not swimming in them.

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Rihanna

This pop icon is not the only girl in the world afraid of swimming, but she might be the only celeb we know of who avoids water solely due to a fear of fish.  Rihanna avoids the company of any kind of sea creature, no matter the size.  She once experienced a panic attack after noticing a few tiny fish swimming around her feet in Barbados.  She claims to have frozen in fear before signaling SOS to a nearby swimmer, who carried her out of the minnow-infested water.

Hollywood is certainly plagued with a large sum of land-dwelling idiots, but there are actually a slew of celebrities who do enjoy the water.  Whether they swim to stay in shape, to raise money or just for fun, these famous personalities are working hard to redeem the reputation of swimming celebrities.

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Richard Branson

This British business magnate is set to captain a team of celebs to swim the Irish Sea, in hopes of earning a new Guinness World Record and to raise money for an important cause.  Branson and a to-be-determined team of eight celebrities will make the 56-mile swim to raise $1 million for the Marie Keating Foundation and Cancer Research UK.

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Venus Williams

This Olympic medalist and Grand Slam titlist is committed to staying fit, strong and healthy, and she does so by swimming.  She actually prefers it to running and any other kind of cardio exercise.  Whether she takes a dip in the ocean or swimming pool, Venus is reaping the benefits of swimming, and she’s got 43 career singles titles to prove it.

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Matthew McConaughey, JLo, Teri Hatcher, Mario Lopez and Will Ferrell

These are just a few of many stars who enjoy swimming and have turned to triathlons to stay in shape while raising awareness and money for a great cause.   These celebs and many more have participated in the annual Nautica Malibu Triathlon to raise money for the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  The race includes a four-mile run, 18-mile bike ride and half-mile swim.  Other participants have included James Denton, William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, Frankie Muniz and Robin Williams.

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