Posted August 6th, 2012, 01:19 PM
I'm not a good swimmer either. I used to be scared of the deep water too. However with "aid" I'm a great swimmer (vest, fins, snorkel). I actually am a certified scuba diver and am working on my swimming skills.
The thing to remember is not to panic, the vest will keep you up and so will the fins. Keep calm and breathe.
So, this past weekend, we bought snorkel kits, and a life vest ($20 !) and visited the local pool. I put the vest on, and my wife slowly guided me toward the deep end (13 ft).
At around 5.5, the vest lifted me up and I could not feel the ground. I started panicking. She toook me to the deep end and after 5 minutes, I was beginning to relax, and once I started feeling comfortable, I floated, swam with my head above the water, put my snorkel on and swam around for an hour.
I then practiced jumping into the 13 ft water, went in and the vest brought me up!
I am now ready for the snorkeling excursion!
Best $20 we ever spent!