It's great you're out of this. I think you can buy your friend flowers
I want to fill up this thread with useful information about drowning.
Two years ago I almost drowned in the pacific ocean on the Nicaraguan coast. I learned a priceless lesson back then: you can't fight the current.
We were partying on the beach. The amount of alcohol in my veins was way above the normal. Suddenly I decided to have a swim alone in the ocean around
2 a.m., without telling anyone. I realized pretty quick how the estimated 15 meters off the coast were actually almost 70 meters due to the delicious
rhum I had ingested.
At that very moment, I got sober instantly and started to swim like I had never swum. It was probably the longest moment of my life. So many thoughts
got through my mind but to summarize them all it was something like "it's over man, you're screwed and nobody knows where you are"
I swam harder and harder but when I tried to check how closer I got, I saw the beach getting further and further. So, in a desperate attempt to save
my own ass I let myself go with the current and started to swim more or less transverse. It was way less exhausting and got me back on the beach.
You have no idea how I felt when my feet touched the sand.
The next day, Google helped me figure out what happened.
How to escape RIP currents
Everyone going for a swim, especially in oceans, should have a look at this link.
I'm a pretty good swimmer, diver and my zodiac sign is Pisces/Aquarius but this doesn't matter in such a situation.
A good skill to develop, OP, is the control of PANIC. As a diver, I've seen so many accidents occur because of panic. When you start loosing control
you spend so much energy on useless motions and anxiety. You don't breath properly, you swallow water, you expose your mates at risk as well and so
on. Some people I dived with managed to empty their dive tank in 10 minutes because of their breathing pace. It's pretty impressive.
Peace and be careful dude
EDIT: I have to add this
NEVER hold your breath underwater alone. Ask someone to supervise you and don't try to impress the girls watching you. Be aware of your own limits.
edit on 21-6-2012 by CityFarmer because: (no reason given)