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Old 05-12-2012, 15:16   #31
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Re: Caught swimming in a strong current

I use transits continually while swimming to build up a picture of the current strength and direction.

In the immediate term it's a great antidote to anxiety, which can morph quickly into panic ... which consumes huge amounts of oxygen and shuts down problem solving faculties, IME

Yup, use em too. (EYE-DF) Although some places don't have enough marks to line up. Like cloud break. The tower is pretty one dimensional, so I got cleaned up twice before being a shoulder hopper like the rest of them. Takes awhile to suss how fast the wave moves down the reef.
Different app. but same consequence if you screw up. For this old beggar
anyway. Hard to control the anxiety on the "heavy cycle" especially since you can be disoriented & the only stuff to breathe is good only for gills.

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Old 05-12-2012, 23:55   #32
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Re: Caught swimming in a strong current

Originally Posted by lateral View Post
Panic is your #1 enemy.
Fully agree

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Old 06-12-2012, 03:56   #33
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Re: Caught swimming in a strong current

One reason I hate water. Drowning has never been my preferred way to go.

I was thrown in a pool as a kid, I was a competition swimmer before that. Being thrown in unawares, and then hit by a diver, knocked all the air out of me.

I vaguely remember praying a lot.

Glad you made it. But, you are right, people do not 'realize' you are struggling as well as you do.

I liked your after action review. You went over the good and the bad.

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Old 06-12-2012, 05:04   #34
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Re: Caught swimming in a strong current

Now here is an important issue. And that is how far we let things go before we realize that someone is in trouble and act.

A couple of weeks ago we were having fun on an inflatable SUP (best thing since sliced bread). A friend was having problems with balance and got up lots of times only to eventually fall off backwards. He was only just out of standing up depth off the beach and seemed to be doing nothing but resting on the board.

The reality was he was too tired to get up, not a strong swimmer so not sure if he could make it to shore, and embarrassed so did not signal he was in trouble. I thought he was stationary for too long and so motored my dinghy out to see how he was. He was exhausted and I towed him and the board the short distance to shore. I guess the lesson for me is to assume the worse as that is the safe option?


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