don't go near the water until you learn how to swim

don't go near the water until you learn how to swim

proverb Don't attempt to do something that you are not prepared for. A: "I told them I shouldn't be the one to do it. I'm just not qualified to make that kind of assessment yet." B: "That's good. Don't go near the water until you learn how to swim." Whoa, you can't pull off a jump like that just yet! Don't go near the water until you learn how to swim, man.
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