My swimming lessons are over.
The good news is I didn’t drown.
The bad news is I can still only partially swim.
Unfortunately, being able to partially swim doesn’t really help when you are in a drowning situation.
In fact, it may be worse than not being able to swim at all.
Before I started taking lessons, I would simply get in a pool and sink to the bottom.
Quick and painless.
No harm. No foul.
The end wouldn’t take long.
I could go in peace.
Now, if I get in a pool I don’t sink to the bottom nearly as quickly.
Because now I know the proper technique to swim.
I have a faint understanding of what to do with my hands, arms, shoulders, legs, back, head, and breathing (it isn’t easy "not-swimming" when you are thinking about 117 different things).
Sadly, I can’t implement all of these techniques for an extended period of time.
Which means if I’m drowning, I will swim roughly 20 yards AND then sink like a rock.
I’m no rocket scientist, but I’m not sure if I got my money’s worth out of these lessons.
My teacher said if I was in a boat and it capsized I would be fine.
She said adrenaline would take over and I would be amazed by how well I could swim.
She might be right.
Especially, if I’m in the 3-foot end of the ocean and I have time to put on my swimming goggles (floaties wouldn’t hurt either).