During a private lesson in which I was helping a participant overcome her ocean anxiety, one of the challenges we had was the transition from the relative safety of the shallow water, to the deeper water behind the wave zone.
By the next lesson we had made significant progress, making it much further out where we hung out for a short time to acclimatize, and then when the anxiety came back we made our way back to shore.
This got me thinking…
If swimming out a short distance was a huge achievement for my anxious beginner ocean swimmer, how far would I have to swim out to sea before I started to become anxious?!
I’ve grown up sailing, wakeboarding and ski paddling on top of all my pool and ocean swimming, and have no problem being out in deep water, but these activities involve a boat of some description which give a sense of security.
But what if I just swam out from the beach alone with nothing but a pair of goggles?
I don’t know how far I’d get, but I’d reckon it wouldn’t be that far before I started to feel anxious, turned around and high-tailed it back to the beach!
How far do you think you could swim directly out to sea?
First published in January 2012