"Just over a week ago I went to the Bellevue Aquatic Center. I was a little nervous, but not hugely so. As I walked into the pool area I headed to the diving pool, since there were fewer people there and I wanted to practice a few things that would be easier in deep water. When I got there I read the depth signs, 13 feet, and saw the perfectly vertical sides of the pool and my heart sank a little. I hadn't realized how much I'd been sub-consciously dependent on the size of the Bothell pool. But I quieted my fears and spent some time waiting on the side with my legs in the water to get used to the temperature. Then I jumped in! And sure enough, I floated right back to the surface. I spent about an hour and a half alternating between practicing stuff, like kicking and sculling, and just doing whatever. I spent a while playing a game of avoiding holding onto the sides and seeing how long I could go just with going back to floating for resting. On the way home I was ecstatic. I'd never realized how much there was that little sub-conscious voice in the back of my head always telling me around water that I'd just sink all the way to the bottom and there was nothing I could do about it. This time I noticed it, I paid attention to it, and I let it go away. I went back again yesterday, and it was even easier getting into the water.
It's been such a revelation to be able to be in the water without that nagging fear always holding me back, and knowing that I could rely on myself for safety even in deep water." Congrats Chris!