2 years ago
Last edited at 3:45PM on 8/11/2011
It can be done, and fairly easily.
I didn't learn to swim till I was 44 (I wanted to compete in a triathlon) and did all my training in a pool. On the day of the event, as soon as I got into deep water I panicked and had to ask for assistance. As a consequence I didn't finish my first triathlon.
So I found a place where there was deep water close to the shore and spent a couple of hours just floating, treading water, swimming when I felt like it, but never going too far from shore. The confidence I developed from that was enough to allow me to venture further out the next time and, after that, I headed for the beach.
By the end of summer I found myself swimming laps of Sydney's Bondi Beach, all the time staying a couple of hundred metres from shore in deep water. I was never a very fast swimmer, but you couldn't have drowned me if you'd tried (and in some of those mass-start triathlons it certainly feels as though everybody's trying to drown you).
Jackson44's advice to take a friend is very sound. Daizy kept me company -- she's half woman, half fish, and was probably a mermaid in her last incarnation. She not only helped with encouragement, she'd have been able to steady me if I thought I was in trouble. It was never necessary, but I was more confident for having her there.
Swim in deep water. That's resilient only way. I have a fear of swimming in open water due to not knowing what's under me and all the scary movies I've seen. I don't feel like getting pulled under water by something unseen.
Throw something that's precious to u under water that is waterproof and that will float down and wear a inflatable jacket and swim down to get ur precious object, if ur still too scared then pull the string to inflate ur jackets and u'll be floating up