reply to post by shadow12
Open water swimming can be challenging for a few reasons...
first, you don't really know how deep it is, and it can look deceptively small until you are in the middle.
Second, even in a lake, there are currents, and if you are going against the current, you will run out of steam pretty fast.
I had a similar experience when I was young. Friends invited me to their cabin at a lake for the weekend. There was a floating, well, barge I guess,
anchored towards the middle of the lake, which looked pretty close.
i'm not the strongest swimmer but I can swim and tread water and such, so we decided to swim out to the barge and hang out there for a bit.
So my friend is already at the barge, I'm a little over half way when their dog decides to jump in and come out, and didn't that dog doggypaddle
right over me, pushing me under, scratching the crap out of my back, and scaring the bejeesus out of me.
So I panic. i'm trying to tread water, but when I got dunked I took a bunch of water in and I'm coughing and spurting, and once the adrenalin
starts pumping, i couldn't even think straight. So thankfully, Jon jumped in and swam out to me and let me grab onto his back and shoulders while he
treaded water, letting me finally catch my breath.
I tell you, once I got on that barge, it was really really hard to swim back to shore, i think we sat there for an hour before we tried. The dog
noticed I was upset I think too as it stuck right beside me the whole swim back.
I didn't really drown but that was the closest ever, so I kind of have a feeling for the fear you must have held.
I hope you bought your friends a few drinks of their choice for that one!