It would be tragic for someone's last thought to be prior to dying "I wish I learned how to swim". Yet that's what thousands of people in the United States are likely to think as they take their last breath prior to sinking under the water helpless. There are a significant number of local news stories that cover drowning in Utah.
I had a friend from work gree me in the elevator and say how I inspired her to sign up for an adult swimming lesson at her local pool.
That made my day hearing her tell me that.
I've been able to help several adults in the few months that I've had my endless pool. Giving them a chance to come over and learn a little technique to make swimming easier. They learn that swimming is a step by step process. You can't learn the basics in just one or two visits. It takes dedication to consistent practice and learning as skills improve. Just like learning how to play an instrument. It requires practice. But unlike learning how to play an instrument, knowing how to survive in water could be a life saving skill in an emergency.
If this applies to you, take that first step. It would be a real shame to have that that last thought be, "Man if only I would have learned how to swim!" Let me know if you want help. I'm willing to give support free of charge.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Monday, September 2, 2019
Sam, Cathi and I drove to the Bear Lake Marina just north of Garden city, and got prepared for our 7:30am departure. I had reached out to Gustavo a month earlier informing him of my intention to do the crossing on Labor Day with Sam. He agreed to do an attempt as well that day. He wanted to get his Utah Triple Crown this year and the Bear Lake swim this year involved some weather conditions that required pulling some swimmers.
|Sunrise from the Bear Lake Marina Pavillion|
So today's swim was another change at getting that UTC for him. He had a couple of kayakers join him for safety. There was a concern that there would be a huge number of boaters out on the lake. I knew we'd be OK starting early and getting to the east side earlier in the day. (I've done three major swims in Bear Lake on Labor Day).
We started at 7:33am and the water felt awesome. Sam and I got a great pace going and Cathi was doing well as our kayaker. Sam and I swam side by side with Cathi on the outside.
At the first feed I was in good spirits and asked Sam to toast our first drink together out on the lake. I tried to make this a fun event for Sam and Cathi and yelled out at the end of our feed "On to the nipple!" Referencing the peak that we often point swimmers to on the east side that gets them close to the position they need to aim for. Once they get halfway, there is some adjustments to the landscape references for the finish at Cisco Beach Campground entrance.
The water the first half wasn't terrible, but it wasn't glassy. Once we got in the middle of the lake and beyond, the water was almost glassy with how smooth it was. At the 3rd feed I told Sam, next time we take a feed we'll be more than halfway.
The feeds we took today consisted of the following:
- Sliced Peaches ( This is Sam's idea, and it was awesome! I think I ate more peach slices than he did)
- flavored milk from Gossners in Logan (Banana and Strawberry milk) This is a treat that I should have discovered long ago. I used to get terrible heartburn during swims, and flavored milk would have kept that under control, but I had to endure it. I'm going to definitely keep this one on my go-to list of feed items!
- Green Apple Gatorade - Sam, Wild Strawberry Caffeinated drink mix with water - Gords
|Isaac carrying his shivering brother wrapped up in a blanket|
|The welcome crew, Ethan, Wyatt, Jonas, Sam, Isaac, Me, Cathi and Oliver!|
|Swimmers and Kayakers|
We took a minute and took some pictures and finished out mid-day with everyone in smiles.
I asked Sam on a scale from 1-10 what this was as being the hardest thing he's ever done in his life. He said "9".
I'm so proud of that kid. As far as I can tell from the results of the swims of width crossings, Sam is the youngest person to do it (14 years 2 months 9 days)
Next year we're shooting for an Anacapa crossing.